brene brown on bravery + authenticity in a digital world…

I’ve been a fan of Brene Brown since watching her Ted Talk (“The Power of Vulnerability” ) back in 2010. It’s an eye-opening presentation and worth every minute. What makes Brene’  just a smidgen (ok..much more than a smidgen) different in the big business of self-realization/help/awareness/actualization/growth/etc..etc.? I believe it’s her ability to connect and communicate those complex, often destructive (or life limiting) human emotions we struggle with in a way the resonates authentically (to our personal journey).

As with any self-helpish guru, we are programmed to expect some “a-ha” moments, and B’s Ted Talk doesn’t disappoint. Viewed by over 23 million, it’s a top 5 Ted Talk.

But…lemme digress for a minute.

Let’s think about “a-ha” moments for a second.. how often do they change the game? In most instances, they’re added to our PE (personal evolution) account as compound interest. Those moments don’t always translate into action- because the the epiphany can’t be implemented until the thought matches our growth. Regardless of when it manifests, compound interest is critical and WILL amount to something beautiful…eventually.

Oh.. and don’t we love how those moments make great FB/Instagram/Twitter quotes? Ok, back to the scheduled post…

“A-ha” moments aside, Ms. Brown has a gift of storytelling that (via the story) creates actionable thoughts/ideas/starting points that live in movement that can actually change your life and/or perception.

With that said, I’ve often wondered how all of this played out in our digital life (aka second life), so I was happy to come across this interview with Brene and Chase Jarvis. I often take digital and social media breaks, but the idea of completely disengaging or creating an incredibly limited social media footprint is never far from my mind. How about you?




B’s bio (

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past thirteen years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.

Brené is the author of three #1 New York Times Bestsellers: Rising Strong, Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection.

She is also the Founder and CEO of The Daring Way and COURAGEworks – an online learning community that offers eCourses, workshops, and interviews for individuals and organizations ready for braver living, loving, and leading.

Brené’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 25 million viewers.

Brené lives in Houston with her husband, Steve, and their two children, Ellen and Charlie.

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