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Why everyone should read Brené Brown's Rising Strong

"When we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall; this is the physics of vulnerability."

A few years ago now I fell in love with Brené Brown's TED talks on vulnerability, shame and empathy. She was a brilliant speaker and made so much sense. Why I then didn't investigate her work further I have no idea.

Because I've just finished reading her latest book Rising Strong and I'm kind of overwhelmed, in the best way possible.

I went through a stage of reading self-help books (this feels more research and story based, but yes most likely it may help you - and will appeal if you're into all that, but also if not) and Susan Jeffers' Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway was such a game changer for me. It genuinely helped me go from a place of low self-esteem and anxiety, to being able to cope with what life would throw at me.

Then I read some similar books that all explained the same things in the same way.

And then, many years later - this.

Again: game changer.

I think I underlined something on every page because it all just made so much sense - either in a completely new way, or something clicking into place. But I'm already finding myself clocking difficult feelings, and getting curious, and wanting to challenge people when I'm in a good place, in a healthy way.

I could so easily share so much of the book here but that would be a bit of a copyright issue and also - just go read the book. I'm sure I'll end up getting copies for most people I know. It just feels really reassuring to make sense of things and to have a way through, and to be braver because of that.

It's genuinely practical, and the way Brené writes is more accessible than anything I've read of this kind: she's funny, and she's honest, and she's just real. She tells a good story and she doesn't have this stuff down - she's working on it. And that's reassuring too.

I'm now going to work through Brené's other books - Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection. And then I'll probably read Rising Strong again BECAUSE IT'S THAT BLOODY GOOD.

I also feel so much gratitude for this and Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic (thoughts here) coming out at the same time, giving me a massive inspiration and reassurance boost right when I needed it. Ladies: you're wonderful - thank you.

If you don't think you'll have time to read this (please make time it's wonderful) - or even if you do - this interview explores a lot of the key ideas and is a really nice watch: