Braving The Wilderness: By Brené Brown

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About the Author

“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.”

Casandra Brené Brown (born November 18, 1965) is an American professor, lecturer, author, and podcast host. She was born in 1965 in San Antonio, Texas. Casandra spent her career studying the concepts of courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. 

She completed BSW at the University of Texas Austin in 1995, followed by  MSW in 1996 and  Ph.D. in social work at the University of Houston in 2002. 

Brown has spent her research career focusing on the themes of authentic leadership and wholeheartedness in families, schools, and organizations at the University of Houston's Graduate College of Social Work. In March 2013, she talked with Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday about her book, Daring Greatly. Brown says she drew the title of that book from a 1910 Theodore Roosevelt speech, "Citizenship in a Republic,” given at the Sorbonne.

In 2009, Brown was voted one of the city's most influential women by Houston Woman Magazine. She has also received teaching awards, including the Graduate College of Social Work's Outstanding Faculty Award. 

In 2016 the Huffington Foundation pledged $2 million over four years to endow a research chair in her name at the Graduate College of Social Work, where she guides the training of social work students in grounded theory methodology and her research into vulnerability, courage shame, and empathy. 

Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair. She is also a visiting professor in management at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.


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About the book

A book that challenges everything we think, we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to belong in an age of increased polarization truly. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty. 

Through the book, Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness. Brown writes, “The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.”


Braving the Wild


Brené argues that true belonging is not about fitting in or conforming with other people. It is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn’t require you to redefine realness to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.


Read the below link to know more about Brené Brown’s ‘Braving the Wilderness edition:

4 lessons Brené Brown’s ‘Braving the Wilderness edition 

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