Rising Strong

As a long-time fan of Brené Brown ever since I watched her Ted talk I was really excited to read this book, which is all about the struggles we face as we try to live a life of meaning – and how she and others have tackled them.

Using the powerful method of storytelling, Brené expertly lays out the challenge of being vulnerable, the powerful obstacles that arise within us, including strong emotions, long-standing beliefs and of course a natural hesitancy to change. There are a lot of stories of people who have faced their own challenges in being vulnerable and real, and it is really useful to see how Brené’s principles can be put into practice in real life.

I was genuinely inspired by this book. At some points I did find myself wanting more specific information on how to implement the strategies, but I think there is also a case to be made for different people needing to do it in different ways, to suit them. I liked the detailed scenarios that the different people were working through which helped to give me insight into how being more vulnerable in my own life might look.

So in summary, I feel like this book is perfect as a jumping-off point for you to ask some bigger questions about your life, to give you perspective and inspire you to take action towards being more authentic and vulnerable. It might not tell you exactly how to do it, but I have a feeling that you can find that information in Daring Greatly – which I should probably have read first!

I really enjoyed this book, I hope you do too. You can buy a copy on Amazon UK (or US), Waterstones, Foyles and other retailers and don’t forget to let me know what you think.

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