Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.

Vulnerability Is Not Weakness

Brown believes vulnerability is our most accurate measure of courage. The ability to be vulnerable, to put ourselves out there, and to show our true selves is the foundation of courage. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of creativity, innovation and change. To create is to make something that has never existed before—there is nothing more vulnerable than that.”

Putting yourself out there, making changes and thinking differently about your life can feel risky, but it’s your courageous self fighting its way to a bigger, brighter version of you truly are. It may feel uncomfortable, but if things aren’t they way you want them to be in your life, it may be time to step into the arena and dare greatly.