Having recently felt that I am losing everything slowly but surely, I was surprised when a recent visit from my sister helped me discuss how hard things had been through her having some mutual understanding of what it was like to suffer mental illness. Travelling her own path to recovery, she recommended that I read the book “Rising Strong” by Brene Brown – known best for her TED talks and study into personal vulnerability.

She quotes early on in her book published just last year, “The truth is that falling hurts. The dare is to keep being brave and feel your way back up”. Therefore take a risk, know that it is only a matter of time before you may indeed fall and when you fall, have the courage to engage with these emotions but not to let them completely overwhelm you. The true strength is not shown in the successful alone, but in those who have had the courage to take a leap, fall and then be brave enough to get up and try again.

I was immediately hooked and fascinated by such a topic written from a qualitative point of view but still in a manner that not only made sense but resonated with a lot of my feelings and my own personal battle to rise after a big fall.

So next time you find yourself struggling to succeed at something, perhaps buy Brene’s book or even just watch a couple of her TED talks. Countless others around the world are finding her easy to listen to/read approach both encroaching and inspiring.