The Power of Vulnerability…post#19

Is there really power in being vulnerable?  Brene Brown has made it her life’s work to get this message out into the world – the power of being authentic; and that includes being goofy, messing up, embarrassing oneself, feeling ashamed.  Sounds great right?  That’s what being vulnerable is. And there are massive benefits if you’ve got the courage.  In this audio book, Brene shares the very real benefits to you, and to the world, if you have the courage to connect with vulnerability.  You cannot even call this an audio ‘book’.  No!  It’s way better than that. You feel as though you are in the room with her.  It’s captivating.  Entertaining.  Emotional. And real. Really real. 

If you’ve not heard Brene Brown talk, you can check out her TED Talk by the same title. In this book, as with her Ted Talk, you’ll hear story after story of real life events, and meaningful research, which Brene reflects on to drive the point home. There is power in being totally vulnerable. It can cause a change in you and in those around you.  If that change is results in inspiration, in resilience, in deeper connections; then why not go for it? 

If you feel that you’ve done the hard work and regard yourself as authentic, and being comfortable being vulnerable; I’d argue that you’d benefit from what Brene shares. For instance: powerful lessons about play, shame, flow, and how to let go.

If like most of us, you have a lot of work to do in truly connecting with your own authenticity, then I’d highly recommend this book.   It’s no surprise that we find this difficult.  In today’s world where everybody is so perfect all the time, eating perfect food, taking perfect holidays with other perfect people; it’s easy to get completely caught up in the insanity.  To get lost. To forget what you stand for, and who you truly are. 

And if you are very ‘happy’, fitting in – stop kidding yourself.  Fitting in at the expense of your happiness, and of living your fullest life.  Really?  YOUR fullest life?  By YOUR rules? Are YOU sure? (Yes, I used capital letters for accentuation purposes.)

Brene often quotes Theodore Roosevelt’s poem: The Man in the Arena.  It has tremendous meaning in this particular book, and has inspired her to write another book entitled ‘Daring Greatly’. And why not?  The link to the theme of this book is profound.  Take a read: 

“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.”

So, who would you rather be: the person in the arena, or the critic on the sidelines?

Enjoy this fabulous work by Brene Brown.

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Picture taken from Alison’s Audible Library.

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