The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall. The author of the number-one New York Times best sellers Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection tells us what it takes to get back up and how owning our stories of disappointment, failure, and heartbreak gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle, Brené Brown writes, can be our greatest call to courage and rising strong our clearest path to deeper meaning, wisdom, and hope.
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Brene Brown's books provide practical processes and actions that when incorporated into your life support you in living a more authentic life. This book is no exception to that. The listener will learn the Rising Strong process to put into practice. This builds on her other books but it is new material and new stories. It is NOT a rehash of previous work as so many authors do when they write multiple books.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn to lead a life that is full of compassion, integrity and authenticity. Also, I would recommend this to any business leader who wanted their business to be a place for innovation and creativity to thrive.
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
Sure, I'll say it--I couldn't wait for this audiobook to come out, especially since it's narrated by Brene Brown herself (skipped "Daring Greatly" as I couldn't stomach Karen White's performance. Funny, she's done fine in other things).
I wasn't disappointed; not by a long shot. Who doesn't need to learn how to fail? Everything is covered in this book: Grief, fear, her (neurotic/humorous) search to find that people are doing the best they can with the tools they have, courage, racism, love.
But along with all of it is: Daring, vulnerability, imperfection, shame. All previously done books.
Don't get me wrong. It's information that can be listened to and used time and time again, just expect to hear some of the stories you've heard before if you're a big time fan. And expect to hear it in a bit of a choppy delivery. This is a reading, not a TED talk, so there are only a few casual, intimate moments. Mostly they come when she's relating personal stories, and they're to die for! I do so love the goofball Texan in her!
All in all, I'm very happy to have gotten this (I mean, obviously. I listened to it right away). It'll help me as I submit my novel, and receive rejection after rejection after rejection...
But "The Power of Vulnerability" is still my favorite; I think Brene Brown really, really shines in that Speech.
I recommend listening to this book and then reading it in hard back so you can mark up the book and/or make notes easier than using the bookmark feature in audible. I did my audible and reading simultaneously. Some of the ideas in this book are not new but what Dr. Brown has done is flesh out so many nuggets I had to start journaling just to keep up.
This is incredible work and the effort she goes to in exposing her own very personal & vulnerable moments, as teaching opportunities, is a testament to her belief in the power of these precepts. I've experienced personal breakthroughs from this book that have already created more positive communication with my spouse and children, not to mention assisted me in understanding other of my demons.
You'll love Sewer Rats & Scofflaws and the story of the "icing wiper". I laughed out loud throughout that entire chapter. How we can all judge! AND, never think about how or why we do it.
I think the story about her Me-Ma was touching and very educational. So much of what our grand parents learned (endured) during and around the depression should be learned again. Forgiveness and the ability to receive or ask for help are not discussed or understood near enough these days.
I'm a firm believer, and it's now renewed, that for the most part we are all doing the best we can and if we can forgive ourselves for "perceived" failings, we can finally and necessarily forgive others. By far, however, the simple statement, "The story I'm creating sounds like this" has been the most powerfull tool in our family's communication since reading this book. So many false grains of course sand have evolved into smooth pearls of truth. We have to smash those pearls.
Find a friend you can trust, or a counselor who will, or has, read this book, and work on it in tandem or in a group setting. Amazing things will happen.........
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I have read or listened to everything Brene' has ever written. But most of all I love her voice. As she narrates this book it is like being in the same room next to her listening to her tell her story.
I am an audio learner. I hear and remember things better than just reading. I want to retain as much information as I can, but I will listen to it again in the near future to hear what I may have missed and take notes the next time.
All of her advice it timeless. They way I have learned about myself has been through her words and applying vulnerability to my every day life.
If you want a life changing experience... listen to this book and every OTHER book Brene' has written! She is awesome! :-)
Rising Strong is an excellent follow-up to Daring Greatly. For those of us beginning to explore our vulnerability, it's a bit of a surprise to discover the supremely uncomfortable highs and lows and new intensity of feeling that accompany vulnerability. Support along the way is a must. You'll find it here.
Loved this book. Adulting is hard, but this book is really helpful and inspiring. Got misty eyed more than a few times. Best of all, the strategies are things you can start practicing right away.
I immediately listened to the whole thing twice. The first time through to let it sink in uninterrupted and the second to make notes (many) along the way. This is the first of Brene's books I've read and the others are now on my list. I am going out and buying copies for gifts. it should be required reading in schools! Do yourself a favor for life, and soak in this book. It will change the way you do life!
I first heard Brené Brown speak at the 2015 Global Leadership Summit. Within five minutes, my attention was captivated by her stories and delivery. I was soon flipping through my searching for her next upcoming book release date and was even more thrilled when I saw she was narrating it herself.
Her stories are very relatable to me and how she tells it. Rising Strong has helped me realize some of my emotional and character struggles for which I was unable to put into words. Leaning into the vulnerability and letting that "tough guy/gal" guard down is a new concept to me but this book has helped build the encouragement with proper tools. This is an amazing book and adventure into yourself.
Brene has outdone her past work with this book. I listened in 2x because I knew I wanted to read through to the end TODAY (release day). It did NOT disappoint.
I know this is a book I can listen to several more times, learning a bit more each time.
Fantastic, humorous and heart warming. I loved it!
Love that Brené reads her own books more often than not. It adds to the authenticity. I loved hearing the stories of her Texan roots and all the things that she and all of us attach to ourselves as labels. Brené is modelling the way for everyone in telling all of her shitty stories. It is a relief to know there is an expert that struggles with life like the rest of us in spite of the knowledge. Most just like to tell us how perfect they are. Brené's concepts work and have changed my life for the good. Everyone should read this book.
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