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January 13, 2011


Brene Brown

I'm going to try not to gush, but I'm not too cool to tell you that I'm a HUGE fan of your work. I own all of your books and I read them over and over and over.

If you see your work in my TED talk it's because you were my teacher.

Absolutely grateful.

Gary Percy

Garr, compliments to you for reflecting your unique naked presentation lens upon the lessons shared in this inspired talk.

Yes, the lessons extend well beyond the context of delivering presentations alone.

You state that “The attachment to the fear and doubt keeps us from making our best contribution”. Very true.

Overcoming fear – and it is such an underlying all pervasive issue - I should like to highlight the work of fellow creators. Enter stage left - Fear.Less

The brainchild of co-founders Ishita Gupta and Clay Hebert, it is one of the initiatives launched as a result of their participation in Seth Godin's 2009 six month alternative MBA.

It is a passionate, free e-magazine illuminating the 'said and done' stories of courageous artists, entrepreneurs, bloggers, business and non-profit innovators and how they've dealt successfully with fear.

Fear.Less's thinking may also resonate with you and your readers as much as it does for me. Enjoy!


Charles Martineau

Her findings on vulnerability surprises me more or less. It really reminds me of the work of the Philosopher Karl Popper where for a major part of his life work, he tried to understand the growth of knowledge. He concluded that it is not trough "control and predict" has she says since no one can predict-certainly in social science! She says that we should live through vulnerability whereas Popper said that we can grow only through Falsification. In other words be open to vulnerability and accept criticism and only research through a trial and error process. Without going into too much details I suggest you reading Karl Popper's work such as the Poverty of Historicism, Open Society and its Ennemies, or Conjectures and Refutations whenever you can.


>If you see your work in my TED talk it's because you were my teacher.

Brene, you rock! What a powerful and important presentation. Looking forward to reading the book soon (ordered it yesterday!) Thanks so much for sharing your research and wisdom! Wish more profs were like you! Cheers! -g


Gary, fearlessstories.com is a great resource. Wow! Thanks! -g

Charles Martineau

I forgot to add (after watching the prez for a second time) I feel like Brene Brown is, in a way, continuing the work of Popper (maybe indirectly) - in a very good way! Popper focused more on methodology whereas Brown levels it up to the human interaction and individualism of wellbeing and HAPPINESS. That is what makes me the most happy about her research. Popper was often criticized to see the world with a lot of negativism but they were wrong and Brown demonstrates it in her own way! I will definitely get her book.

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