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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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