“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again…..and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”
‘Daring greatly’ is the probably the best way to sum up the three weeks at Change Ventures, The Change School’s signature program for individuals at crossroads in their lives seeking to find clarity of direction and purpose.
What I witnessed was courage. The courage these individuals took to break away from the conventional path, to take that first step out of their comfort zone to work towards realising their true potential. The courage to be vulnerable enough to share their hopes and dreams, and even their struggles and failures with one another.
I often wonder why people are stuck at jobs and a life they do not enjoy. They go through their days on autopilot... maybe not entirely unhappy, but what a shame to live life in such a way.
I think my answer to that is, the alternative is just too difficult; to follow your dreams, whatever it may be, it requires courage.
It takes courage to identify our unique strengths, and build on it, to be who we truly are. Even more so,
it takes courage to accept who we are, to embrace our weaknesses because we are not meant to be perfect, and that is what it means to be human. It takes courage to be willing to both seek out help and support for where we lack, as well as share our strengths with others. And that’s the beauty of life, where meaning and purpose is found. That’s how we build connections with one another. Those connections are primal to our existence.
And that was exactly what happened through the three weeks at Change Ventures. A group of courageous individuals came together in one space to work on and share their strengths with one another, embraced their weaknesses, striving to be a better version of themselves and make a difference in this world, in one way or form.
I left so very humbled, and inspired to reconnect with the courage in my own self to assess my own strengths and how I can use it in service of something larger than myself. But more so, embracing my weaknesses, to work towards being a better person. The best part about being at the Change School is the wonderful support network because we all still do stumble and fall, and sometimes we do need a helping hand to get back up.
So, are you thinking of taking that leap of courage to make a change? Ask yourself, if not now, then when?
*This post was written by our Change Explorer Yasmeen Kassim.