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Inspiration comes from many avenues. In our WISE Bookshelf feature, members share some of the titles that have encouraged them to think outside of the box, try a new approach, dig down deep for the confidence they needed to make that big decision or simply allowed them a reprieve from the daily grind. Happy reading!
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
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” versus 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.
Submitted by: Amanda Mitchell | NYC Metro | 15+ years experience
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