This book was suggested to me by Amazon after my purchase of “Present Over Perfect,” and then it was suggested again by my good friend Chanel. At that point I knew it must be good so I got it. (PS- Amazon hasn’t been wrong yet on its suggested reads!)
This book was a deeply thoughtful and insightful read. It’s written by New York Times best seller Brene Brown who is a research professor at the University of Houston who has had several best sellers about vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame.
At the core of the book, Brown speaks about the importance of vulnerability and how it is necessary to leaf a “wholehearted life.” She centers her research and book foundation around Theodore Roosevelt’s famous quote:
“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; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
I had so many take-aways from this book. It shed a whole new light on the reasoning as to why people/me/we act the way we do. It brought insight as to why we should live greatly, get in the arena (as the quote says) and live a life outside of shame and fear.
I will be buying up all of Brown’s other books shortly- her knowledge, messages and research are life changing.
What are some other great books I should add to my list? Winter is coming (eventually) and I need to be prepared!