Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

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Brené Brown
Gotham Books

Review: This is a thought-provoking discussion on intentional vulnerability. You may know Brené Brown from her incredibly popular TED Talks (if not, go watch!)

Her most recent book takes her topic—vulnerability—and provides insights, research, and practical examples using her own life story to illustrate her points. Vulnerability is not weakness," writes Brown. In fact, "Vulnerability is the core, the heart, the center of meaningful human experiences."

Brown makes the case for facing your fears in order to live a “whole hearted life” which she defines as one of deep attachment to people, the environment, and your work. It’s the difference between being “in the game” vs on the sidelines of life. Most of us try to be invulnerable so that we can avoid being hurt but the tradeoff according to Brown is that we end up feeling disconnected, unfulfilled, and unloved. We are all interdependent so real courage will always be needed in order to live a live without regrets.

Amanda Mitchell is an executive coach and strategist specializing in helping senior executives deal with disruptive drama within their teams. An advertising agency veteran, she experienced first-hand the business implications of corporate drama both with her Fortune 500 clients and within the Manhattan ad agency she led. She founded Our Corporate Life (www.ourcorporatelife.com) to help executives solve the problems no one wants to deal with. She has been published in Bloomberg Businessweek, and quoted in Fast Company, CNBC.com, and Monster.com. She lives in New Jersey with her family.

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