I’m dedicating this week’s post to my mother, who is definitely a living example of Rising Strong, after surviving a stroke, last year. You are inspiring and courageous, Mom. Thank you for getting back up.
Rising Strong is best-selling author and social researcher Brené Brown’s latest book where she turns her interest to those people who set a course, had some wins and losses – sometimes huge losses, but who got back up and began again, until they succeeded.
Or, as the book cover says:
“If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall.
This is a book about what it takes to get back up.”
If you are unfamiliar with Brown, she is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work who has spent the past twelve years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame and sharing those learnings in numerous best-selling books.
To get a feel for her, you can watch her Power of Vulnerability TED talk (which has been seen by about 24 million people).
Brown spoke earlier this month to a group of entrepreneurs at 1871 (1871 is a community for digital startups in Chicago.) and the CEO of 1871, Howard Tullman, wrote about it for Inc.com.
Specifically, he shared 3 tips from Brené Brown About Failing Brilliantly that I thought were important pearls for anyone who is trying to pave their way through life and career.
The article is a short, but chock full of good stuff, like Tip #1, which beautifully reframes failure.
However, I most especially loved tip #2, which is:
It’s Ultimately All Up to You, But You Can’t Do It Alone
Tullman shares Brown’s points about the importance of having a team to support you and a community to foster you. Part of her core team is her therapist and she attributes many of her breakthroughs to their work together.
There is a reason people have helpers.
They want to be their best.
They are not broken and needing to be “fixed.”
They are successful and want to take that success to the next level.
What I love about her personal transparency and outright encouragement to others to have helpers, is that, so often, successful people have coaches, and/or therapists, and/or mentors behind the scenes, to help them navigate the complexities of their life and work, but we never hear about it.
We only see the result.
It creates the impression that some of us are superhuman.
By being open about her helpers, Brené Brown is exemplifying the truth: We don’t do it alone.
Believe me. I know.
I am the helper for many and I also have my own helpers.
It makes all the difference.
I hope you enjoy the article as much as I did.