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Three On Thursday

Friends. Are you listening to Brené Brown these days? She’s got 2 fabulous podcasts, many books (I recommend the audio version for these because her voice . . . ) some amazing TED Talks and the 10th anniversary addition of her book The Gifts of Imperfection has just been released. I’ve mentioned how her work has changed my life before so you probably . . . hopefully . . . have given her a chance. In case you haven’t, though . . . in case you need a little extra push . . . today I’m giving you 3 reasons why you should.

  1. The October 14, 2020 Episode. Brené’s guests are Drs. Emily and Amelia Nagoski and they discuss burnout, stress, trauma, and all the tolls those take on our bodies. I found myself nodding along so much I probably looked like a bobble head. Seriously, the part about how feelings have to be acknowledged as having a beginning-middle-and-end is life changing.
  2. The October 21, 2020 Episode. It’s discussion with Joe Biden on leadership and vulnerability and it covers so much about what it means to be a good leader, to be a leader people can trust, to be a leader who doesn’t seek power but instead strives to empower others. It’s how I hope I lead when it comes to my job, my role as an elected official, and my volunteer work. Politics aside, it’s inspiring.
  3. Her audiobook The Power of Vulnerability. This is not your typical audiobook. Rather, it’s 6 hours of lectures that she gives to a life audience. They are funny and powerful and engaging and her advice on living a whole-hearted life is fantastic. Bottom line? Being vulnerable is where it’s at, baby.

Maybe this stuff isn’t for you. But maybe it is. I think it’s worth exploring and I hope you will, too.

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  1. I appreciate this specific list with links, Carole. I am a big Brene book & audio lover (right there with you on her voice). I have to say–awkwardly, here–I continue to struggle with getting into podcasts, of any kind. I’ve tried, for a few years I’ve tried. And I think it’s just the make-up of my days right now. Just not much listening time available to me. Which will shift at some point… So to have your descriptions and links (and, for crying out loud, BB, and Joe Biden? I’m there.)–it’s helpful & encouraging. Thank you. You’re also the third person to recommend the 10/14 episode but the first to include the ‘beg. middle end of feelings’ description. I can ALREADY see how that could be life-changing for me, and I’ve only read it here! On it. Thx.

  2. I have to admit that I have very little experience with Brene Brown (thus far I’ve only listened to the podcast episode she did with Ibram Kendi), but she is so highly recommended by many people that I’ve been intending to read/listen to some of her books. I appreciate your links here, so thank you!

  3. I have been a fan of Brené Brown for so very long . . . that I read her Gifts of Imperfection when it FIRST came out! 🙂 Love her. She is so thoughtful and inspiring and, well . . . kickass. (Which is what you expect from any University of Texas alum. HOOK ‘EM HORNS!) (Just sayin.) XO

  4. I struggle to get into podcasts. I also don’t enjoy audio books, so I think it is just a format preference for me. I find I resist falling down too many rabbit holes these days. It can eat up my day pretty quickly. I will check it out if I can overcome this aversion, and I appreciate the links very much.

  5. Yes, yes, and yes. I am just finishing The Gifts of Imperfection which I did not read 10 years ago because I thought – I’m not a perfectionist – ha! And that podcast and the book, Burnout – loved the podcast and the book is queued up on my kindle. Podcasts are my walking buddies.

  6. Thank you for these links! I have the Biden Interview in my “listen queue” but have added the 10/14 episode as well! 🙂

  7. I’m a little ashamed to admit that Brené Brown has not been for me. I’ve listened to some of her podcasts and TED talks and I always end up rolling my eyes and come away feeling like they are nice words but I can’t figure out how to translate them into meaningful action. But because the recommendations are coming from you, Carole, I will give her another try!

  8. I’ve listened to both of those podcasts and they were wonderful! Joe Biden is the type of leader we should all aspire to be!

  9. I’m also time constrained and give my listening availability to audiobooks. I’m willing to give her a try though Carole! Thanks for the links.

  10. I have found that I can listen to Brené Brown — and enjoy doing so — but CANNOT do so while DRIVING! She’s got a great voice, but man, it just lulls me right to sleep!! Hahaha!

  11. I came late to the Brene
    Brown party, then wondered what took me so long. Thank you for this list of recommendations. You have inspired me to seek out more of her work.

  12. preaching to the choir 🙂 I’m looking forward to exploring The Gifts with my small group in 2021. Every single week she offers up content that makes me think, do, and respond in more positive ways and I can’t help but wish that EVERY single human would listen …. this week’s episode with Joe Biden – and especially the opening part about Power (over vs. with) – was life-giving.

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