Brené has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Her pioneering work uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerability—the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome—is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. But living a brave life is not always easy: We are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall.
In Rising Strong, Brené shares stories of ordinary people; teachers, lawyers company executives, students being brave, falling, and getting back up. She asked herself during all her interviews, What do these people with strong and loving relationships, leaders nurturing creativity, artists pushing innovation, and clergy walking with people through faith and mystery have in common? The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion and they’re not afraid to lean in to discomfort.
She writes that:
Owning our stories of falling gives us the power to write a daring new ending. The rising strong process outlines the power in turning toward the pain of our fall and digging into our feelings rather than pretending, perfecting, or disowning our hurt.
“The opposite of recognizing that we’re feeling something is denying our emotions. The opposite of being curious is disengaging. When we deny our stories and disengage from tough emotions, they don’t go away – they own us then they define us. Our job is not to deny the story, but to defy the ending—to rise strong, reckon with our story, and rumble with the truth until we get to a place where we think, Yes. This is what happened. This is my truth. And I will choose how this story ends.”
Living this process creates nothing short of a revolution in our lives. Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness. It’s the process that teaches us the most about who we are.