"Rising Strong" teaches us how to fact-check the flawed stories we tell ourselves, the ones we "make up." That we're not good enough. That we're failu"Rising Strong" teaches us how to fact-check the flawed stories we tell ourselves, the ones we "make up." That we're not good enough. That we're failures. That it's someone else's fault, not ours. These fabrications pull us down and keep us from achieving success in our personal and professional relationships. Brown offers tools to help us overcome the obstacles we set in our own way.
Brown's writing is part creativity manual, part psychological guide. She analyzes her theory of "rising strong" like a scientific formula, at first using one of her own marital arguments as a model for how to process and control our emotional, mental, and behavioral responses so we can become better people. First comes the Reckoning (self-awareness and getting curious), then the Rumble (laying out our Shitty First Drafts of what's happening), then the Revolution (changing the story and our reactions).
In the middle of the book, she recounts and breaks down several anecdotes from her life and others', demonstrating how to put the process in action. Part of Brown's philosophy is that when people talk about success, they tend to skim over the difficult experience of their failure. But to ever get to the happy ending, you have to spend time in the murky middle. Brown makes herself no exception. She's honest in sharing the thoughts and actions that have caused her shame, and her ability and willingness to do so makes her stories powerful.
Packaging these lessons into a 300-page book can only help us so much, however. Even Brown admits that it can take years to get through the Rumble to the Revolution. It takes a lot of effort to put the theory into practice, and I wish she included more examples from the workplace. But Brown inspires us to look within, to forgive ourselves and others, and to take a second, longer look at the thoughts that run loose in our heads. So often our judgement for others is born from our own insecurities, and our brains make up stories to fill in for missing data — and those presumptions are most dangerous of all. When we stop to question them, and to verbalize our fears and concerns aloud to others, we take the first steps to building trust and leading happier lives....more
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This book derailed so hard. What started as a mildly interesting crInsert witty games pun here like "game over" and "we're not playing games anymore."
This book derailed so hard. What started as a mildly interesting crime investigation meets video game heist (through a lens of virtual and augmented reality, topical to today's gaming world) turned into a sloppy government conspiracy spy fest with a thrown-in romance and somehow zombies. And terrorism. Because why not, right?
The Warcraft-esque game where the original crime took place wasn't even the focus as the book went on - (view spoiler)[some lame AR spy game was. The whole thing reminded me of an episode of Castle where bored rich people pay money to role-play as spies with real-world missions, only the game is So Much Deeper.
I lost track of what was going on and how anyone was even stupid enough to let systems-breaking top-secret info into the hands of pedestrians who then tried to get rich quick and somehow scared the whole country offline because Terrorism and Everything Is Bugged, and by that point I stopped caring. (hide spoiler)]...more