I promised in a previous post that I will be reviewing this book among others. So here it is. This book landed in my shelves as I was reading another one referring to the great insights it had.
There is a wealth of literature about vulnerability. However it is increasingly becoming important in a world where vulnerability is considered as a weakness, and weakness is associated with failure, and failure triggers bullying and marginalization: in schools, in universities, at work, on social media…
It is a lot to handle.
Brown is a researcher and a thought leader. In her book, she tries to transform the way we live. She teaches the power of vulnerability.
Yes what you read is correct: Vulnerable is the New Strong.
This book was a big inspiration for me. We live in a world that is uncertain, volatile, and ambiguous. Brown speaks about how we are emotionally exposed. She demonstrates with data and examples, how vulnerability drives courage. Courage does not define losses and wins. It describes our attitude towards life, towards tough situations, towards difficult people. Being vulnerable means that we are not accepting low standards for ourselves. Being vulnerable means that we are enough.
Is it a risky endeavor?
Yes it is. It is very much.
Few people are comfortable being vulnerable. Few people realize that being vulnerable means that you are standing for your rights. Few people strongly believe that this is the way to change what we think is not right.
Brown shares in her book a practical guide on how to understand oneself, one’s surrounding, and how to navigate difficulties.
I know. It is easier said than done.
I also know for a fact that this means we will lose: friendships, a job, and other things.
However we do not lose ourselves. We do not lose meaning and purpose in the life we own and we craft.
After twelve years of research, the author draws a path for trust in the way we live, we lead, we parent, and we work.
This is not a book for everyone. This is neither a book for anyone. This is a book for the people who want to take things to the next level in their lives.
I urge you to do what Brown mentioned doing in her book
I carry a small sheet of paper in my wallet that has written on it the names of people whose opinions of me matter. To be on that list, you have to love me for my strengths and struggles.
Brown is an inspirational figure in today’s world. If you do not know her, you can check and enjoy her talk on TED.
I also recommend the book. This is a book that pushes you not to shut yourself off from vulnerability. Being vulnerable is a gateway to “experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives”.
… and this book is not for women only.
Who should read this book: Those who feel stuck, overwhelmed, angry, or sad.
Why you should read this book: To up their game and find meaning.
Book genre: Self improvement
This is a must-read. It is a sweeping attempt to explain not only poverty (1.29 billion people struggling to survive on less than USD 1.25 per day) but various forms of gut-wrenching world problems.
Sexy stories: know how to tell them but do not believe them. Every best seller is ephemeral. Realization is inwards.
My friend and frequent contributor Ken used to live in the Middle East where I got to meet him. He is not only passionate about this part of the world. He is also one among the few expats I know who embraces the Middle East and understands it.
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