I was first introduced to Brene Brown when I was in graduate school just a few years ago. I was at a friends house for a casual gathering. She had purchased 5 copies of "The Gifts of Imperfection" to loan out to friends. I was so intrigued with this idea that I asked if I could borrow one. She was thrilled to share it with me. I stayed up late poring over it even though I had "required" reading for class. At school the next week I told Kristen I wanted to talk about the book.
We met for lunch and I asked her, "Does Brene mean to be vulnerable with everyone?" I knew better than that. There are people in my life who could hurt me if I shared my heart with them. "No, she said, She is talking about being vulnerable with safe people. "
Safe people. Safe people. There is a category for safe people. This was an 'aha' moment for me! I had spent a lot of my life sharing vulnerable parts of me with people who were not safe. This was an area of real growth for me.
I can honestly say, recognizing who is safe and who is not safe has changed my life. Brene's work has helped in my personal and my professional life.
Last week I started listening to her new book "Braving The Wilderness", The Quest for Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. I love listening to it on Audible because hearing HER voice share HER stories makes it so much richer for me. Even her first sentence connects with me. "When I start writing I inevitably feel myself swallowed by fear".
Who else feels this way when you are doing something brave?
Our marketing team has been asking me to blog for months. But it is so scary for me. SO, what better place to start than identifying with one of my heroes?!
I love that Brene listens to brave innovators before she begins to write, so they can sit with her and cheer her on when she gets scared.
Who cheers you on when you get scared?
What speaks to you from Chapter 1- Everywhere and Nowhere?
I can't wait to hear from you!