I just finished listening to the Power of Vulnerability while putting together a puzzle. The reason I mention the puzzle is because, listening to audiobooks and simultaneously putting together a puzzle is one of my quirky, uncool loves. Guess what? Brene’ Brown kindly just taught me being cool is the enemy of authenticity. So, here I am, authentic as can be. Also, the people who truly love me, find these quirks wonderfully lovable and endearing. Why? Because I am being true to myself.
Brene’s writing taught me more about how to move beyond the hang ups in my head more than any other book in years. I did not want to write about it all, why? Too vulnerable, too much of a risk to write about a book that is so life changing and popular, I could never do it justice. But here I am, showing up, writing, and ignoring all the shame voices that whisper I am not good enough. I am showing up.
I also usually hate self-help books, but this is so much more than self-help. It is scientific research applied to everyday life. She is brutally honest and hilarious as she shares her own failures and blunders, it makes you want to be her best friend. She gives you permission to be that imperfect best friend, the one that shows up, listens, and gets in the trenches with you. Read this book, and then read it again.
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The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on Authenticity, Connection and Courage