“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy — the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
If you’re into TED talks (who isn’t?), you’ve most likely seen Brené Brown’s amazing talk concerning the power of vulnerability. After all, it is one of the most-watched TED talks of all-time. A writer, researcher, and educator from Texas, Brown has made it her life’s calling to encourage healthy connections and relationships between people through her studies on vulnerability, shame, worthiness, empathy, and belonging. She is a main proponent of the belief that it is okay to not be okay.
Brown is an active graduate professor at the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work and the author of numerous books, two of which topped the #1 New York Times bestseller list, The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly. She is also the CEO and Chief Learning Officer of The Daring Way, a program that assists professionals who want to implement her work on vulnerability, courage, and worthiness. Her work has been published nationwide and has been featured often on PBS, NPR, and CNN. She was also nominated as “Most Influential Woman of 2009” by Houston Woman Magazine.
To get to where she is today, Brown had to commit to intensive graduate school programs. So, at 25, she was still in school obtaining her Masters of Social Work (MSW) and PhD from the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work. As is the case with Brown, the journey to success is oftentimes a long and arduous one, full of studying, exams, and student loans. But do not let this discourage you from following your passion!