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Brené Brown

Everybody falls, but the key is knowing how to get up again

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Rising Strong by Brené Brown is a self-help book about the process of getting back up after a fall, and how to turn failure into growth. Brown provides a step-by-step process for embracing discomfort and vulnerability to rise stronger from setbacks.

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    Rising strong starts with accepting risk and being willing to fail.

    Time and time again, we find ourselves in situations that require us to take risks in order to learn. Whether it means appearing unprofessional when plunging into a new leadership position at work, or being uncoordinated in front of our exercise class, learning by doing often leaves us feeling quite vulnerable.

    Risking vulnerability in this way and failing can be tough. We may feel ashamed, discouraged or even decide never to leave our comfort zones ever again. But keep in mind: the best place to learn is outside the comfort zone! So it’s vital that you’re able to recover from failure. How? By rising strong.

    Rising strong is a multi-step process that can help you risk vulnerability and emerge with confidence. Rather than presenting a strict formula to be undeviatingly followed, these blinks explore the basic principles of rising strong, which you can adapt to your own life. Before diving in, though, there are three things that ought to be kept in mind:

    Firstly, you’ve got to commit to failure in order to rise strong. This means accepting that you are likely to fail (multiple times!) but bravely agreeing to give your all nevertheless. Secondly, remember that you aren’t the only one experiencing failure. While we can’t ask other people to make our mistakes for us, we can ask our peers for advice about the learning process itself.

    And finally, know that rising strong won’t just change your life. Your experiences of recovery after failure can actually have a profound impact on those around you, whether you’re aware of it or not. In this way, rising strong is incredibly powerful. Want to get started? We’ll investigate how rising strong actually works in the next blinks.

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    What is Rising Strong about?

    Rising Strong (2015) is your guide to picking yourself up and dusting yourself off after a failure – and to becoming stronger, braver and kinder because of it. Whether you dream of being an entrepreneur or maintaining a loving relationship, these blinks supply you with the three vital steps to dealing with any struggle.

    Rising Strong Review

    Rising Strong (2015) by Brené Brown is an inspiring book that explores the power of vulnerability and resilience. Here's why this book is a worthwhile read:

    • Through personal stories and research, the book encourages readers to embrace their failures and learn from them, fostering personal growth.
    • It offers practical strategies to help individuals rise above their struggles and develop a stronger sense of self, resulting in more fulfilling relationships and a more resilient mindset.
    • With its humorous and relatable tone, the book never fails to engage readers, making the exploration of emotional resilience an enjoyable journey.

    Best quote from Rising Strong

    The truth is that falling hurts. The dare is to keep being brave and feel your way back up.

    —Brené Brown
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    Who should read Rising Strong?

    • Entrepreneurs struggling with a fear of failure
    • Team leaders looking for new ways to improve communication
    • Individuals seeking guidance in dealing with disappointment, resentment and guilt

    About the Author

    Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. The author of Daring Greatly, The Gifts of Imperfection and I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t), she is also the founder and CEO of The Daring Way, an organization that brings her work on vulnerability, courage, shame and worthiness to organizations, schools, communities and families.

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    Rising Strong FAQs 

    What is the main message of Rising Strong?

    The main message of Rising Strong is that embracing vulnerability and embracing failure can lead to personal growth and resilience.

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    Is Rising Strong a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Rising Strong is worth reading because it provides valuable insights on how to navigate through challenging times and come out stronger.

    Who is the author of Rising Strong?

    The author of Rising Strong is Brené Brown.

    What to read after Rising Strong?

    If you're wondering what to read next after Rising Strong, here are some recommendations we suggest:
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