daring greatly in your volvo (also, tickets on sale TOMORROW!)

interesting and somewhat painful/awkward Media Moment. it involves Cadillac and Brené Brown, who you may know from writing the fantastic forward to “the art of asking” but hopefully you’ve also read her powerful book on shame and vulnerability “Daring Greatly”. the quote was taken from a Teddy Roosevelt speech, and it’s a great one:

“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, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

thanks teddy – this helps us all daily with everything from painful family members to jealous co-workers to evil Internet trolls.

anyway, Cadillac just launched an ad campaign using #‎DareGreatly‬ as a hashtag. they wrote to her to thank her for the inspiration. ouch.

its clearly in the public domain, but it’s Brené’s best-selling book at the moment, and of course the masses are wondering if brené has sold her vulnerable ideals down the river to pick up a fat check from a car company.
spoiler: that’s not the case.

brené, being the classy chick she is, wrote an open letter.

please read it, and enjoy daring greatly in your honda, toyota, volvo or on your skateboard/bicycle/local underground subway…
in case Cadillac had you fooled, do not need a specific brand of car (or any car!) to be a brave and daring individual.
your friendly neighborhood communist…/daring-belongs-us-thoughts-cadilla…/


tickets for the ‘evening with amanda fucking palmer’ short tour of the u.s. go on sale TOMORROW at 10am local time!

head to for tickets and info


see you there.


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