Saturday, May 04, 2013


Brenè Brown flew into my media world like a hi-speed hurricane and 2 TED Talks later, I was blown away. Her rational and heartfelt thoughts about her journey into vulnerability was illuminating and challenging, as she laced her evolving epiphany with heaped spoonfuls of humour as well as citrus-sharp insight and mouth-watering self-awareness. To be honest, it was bitter-sweet!

To recap for those who have never heard of Brene or TED.

She is a research professor, speaker and author and has spent the last decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame. TED is devoted to ideas worth spreading and brings people together from the 3 worlds of Technology, Entertainment and Design. Talks and performances from inspired speakers can be found at and they really are...inspiring!

Brenè Brown and TED collided in 2010 at TEDx Houston when she gave a talk on 'The Power Of Vulnerability', which went viral, and 'Daring Greatly' is an expansive version of those 20 minutes. Of course....get the book, watch the TED talk. In no way am I writing book study notes, but I will  regularly provide mini-lunches of personal and probably, random, very soon, taste and see.... and if you delve into 'Daring Greatly for yourself, I guarantee a banquet!

I will outro this intro with her book-buzzing quote from USA President Theodore Roosevelt's speech 'Citizenship in a Republic'.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. 

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly, who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; 

who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails daring greatly."

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