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A Look at Women with a Purpose: Brene Brown

Brene Brown

Hi SW Readers!

Today we’re highlighting professor, researcher, and storyteller, Brene Brown.  A professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, Brene burst on the scene with her TED talk about the importance of vulnerability in the workplace (see it here!) and is a New York Times Bestseller!  Her research and books pertaining to the topics of vulnerability, shame, and courage have gained critical acclaim and she travels the world speaking on the very same topics.

If you’re looking for a great new read for your nightstand, here are a few excerpts from her latest bestseller, Rising Strong:

““I define wholehearted living as engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough. It’s going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am brave and worthy of love and belonging.”

“Just because we didn’t measure up to some standard of achievement doesn’t mean that we don’t possess gifts and talents that only we can bring to the world. Just because someone failed to see the value in what we can create or achieve doesn’t change its worth or ours.”

“The most transformative and resilient leaders that I’ve worked with over the course of my career have three things in common: First, they recognize the central role that relationships and story play in culture and strategy, and they stay curious about their own emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Second, they understand and stay curious about how emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are connected in the people they lead, and how those factors affect relationships and perception. And, third, they have the ability and willingness to lean in to discomfort and vulnerability.”

Brene is intent on changing the world through helping others reach their full potential on whichever path in life they may find themselves on.  Through teaching, writing, and her various speaking engagements, she is doing just that.  For more on her life and work, visit her website.

You are sure to be inspired!

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