Dr. Brené Brown is an American author, public speaker and research professor, whose area of expertise is social work. Over the last thirteen years she has been involved in research on a range of topics, including vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame. She is the author of two New York Times Bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection (2010) and Daring Greatly (2012). The inspiring quote below by Theodore Roosevelt, formed the basis of her second book.



“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.”

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 – 1919)



In this interesting and humorous talk Dr. Brené Brown offers some insight into the immense value of shame, vulnerability, courage and authenticity. Take a look and see how it might help you find your hero within…



Those of you familiar with our approach, know that we have been championing, over the last 35 years, this ancient idea that we should embrace our shame and our fears.  It’s only when we find the courage to do this that we are truly set free and a happiness that is not defined by either circumstances or the opinion of others can be ours.  We have many resources on the website that can help you in this excursion.

Below are two to get you started…


Also see: Living with Ambivalence and Dearest Fear