Rising Strong

by Brené Brown

Number of pages: 336

Publisher: Vermilion

BBB Library: Personal Success

ISBN: 978-0091955038

About the Author

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy.


Editorial Review

While vulnerability is the birthplace of many of the fulfilling experiences we long for—love, belonging, joy, creativity, and trust, to name a few—the process of regaining our emotional footing in the midst of struggle is where our courage is tested and our values are forged. Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness in our lives; it’s the process that teaches us the most about who we are. We 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.

Book Reviews

“[Brené Brown’s] research and work have given us a new vocabulary, a way to talk with each other about the ideas and feelings and fears we’ve all had but haven’t quite known how to articulate. . . . Brené empowers us each to be a little more courageous.”—The Huffington Post

“I believe Dr. Brown adds a valuable perspective to the field of positive psychology. She focuses on the value of difficult emotions resulting from failure and loss, and prescribes research-based, constructive, courageous, and uplifting (whole-hearted) approaches to learning from failure.” – Positive Psychology News

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Wisdom to Share

When we own our stories, we avoid being trapped as characters in stories someone else is telling.

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

Once we fall in the service of being brave, we can never go back.

Rising strong is the same process whether you're navigating personal or professional struggles.

Creating is the act of paying attention to our experiences and connecting the dots so we can learn more about ourselves and the world around us.

Devoting time and attention to our experiences is what really matters.

Choosing to write our own story means getting uncomfortable; it's choosing courage over comfort.

One of the truisms of wholehearted living is You either walk into your own story and own your truth, or you live outside of your story, hustling for your worthiness.

We don't need to be immediately precise to find our way. We just need to bring our feelings to light. We just need to be honest and curious.

Choosing to be curious is choosing to be vulnerable because it requires us to surrender to uncertainty.

It's always helpful to remember that when perfectionism is driving, shame is riding shotgun.

The rising strong process can lead to deep, tumultuous, groundbreaking, no-turning-back transformation.

Giving help can occasionally feel vulnerable; asking for help always means risking vulnerability.