“Wasting your gifts is not benign.” -Brene Brown
Brene Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept she calls Wholeheartedness.
I was first introduced to Brene when a friend sent me her TED talk. TED offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers. Unbeknownst to Brene, her TED talk had gone viral. Though she thought she was speaking to, maybe, a hundred people, her message was so powerful, it spread to over 4 million! People were moved by the raw and honest way she discussed authenticity, vulnerability, shame and courage.
After watching her first TED talk, I knew we HAD to have her in PRIME. We flew to Houston to photograph her and her friends, “The Houston Tribe”, as she referred to them. (You will meet these vibrant, warm and passionate women in the near future) After spending the day in Brene’s home, it was clear she is a woman who lives every moment of her life whole heartedly.
Below Brene talks to us about the work of midlife, whole hearted living and the importance of understanding shame and vulnerability:
Please also see her latest TED talk below: