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Rising Strong

By Brene Brown

Just to get this out there, I think I officially have a crush on Brene Brown. I loved Daring Greatly and Rising Strong is even better.

Yes, her TED talks have set records in viewership. Yes, she was brilliant on a recent Tim Ferris podcast.  Does everything this Ph.D. researcher touch turn to gold? No – In fact, Brown continues her comfortable, conversational writing style in this follow-up book to tell even more personal stories of mistaken impressions, communication struggles, and how we all hurt as she talks about her own rumble with vulnerability. There are so many wonderful quotes available in this text – my favorite (today) is “We can’t rise strong when we’re on the run.” And as strange as this may sound in a review-of-sorts, the appendices are really, really good. If you’re uncertain about this topic, just turn to page 272 and read the “Ten Guideposts for Wholehearted Living.” They won’t disappoint.

“As a grounded theory researcher,” the official Amazon description explains, “Brown has listened as a range of people—from leaders in Fortune 500 companies and the military to artists, couples in long-term relationships, teachers, and parents—shared their stories of being brave, falling, and getting back up. She asked herself, What do these people with strong and loving relationships, leaders nurturing creativity, artists pushing innovation, and clergy walking with people through faith and mystery have in common? The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion and they’re not afraid to lean in to discomfort.”

This is a great book – and a wonderful gift – for all of us who find it difficult to rise strong after a fall.

“When we deny our stories, they define us.

When we own our stories, we get to write the ending.”

– Brene Brown

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