October 20, 2015

Episode #42 // Vulnerability as a Creative with Brené Brown

Today we’re joined by Dr. Brené Brown, whom you might know from her TED talk on vulnerability, or her books Daring Greatly and more recently Rising Strong. Today she’s talking with us about vulnerability as a creative, how to deal with the messy second act of rejection, perfectionism, and discomfort, and getting clear about whose opinions matter.

'You cannot take people professionally where you're not willing to go personally.' -@BreneBrown Click To Tweet 'Falling down is an everyday part of the creative life.' -@BreneBrown Click To Tweet 'He or she who has the greatest capacity for discomfort rises the strongest and the fastest.' -@BreneBrown Click To Tweet Creativity is straddling the tension, leaning into the discomfort, and finding your way through the dark. @BreneBrown Click To Tweet Having visual reminders around your workspace about what's real and important to you is hugely important. @BreneBrown Click To Tweet 'There is no such thing as creatives and non-creatives. To be human is to be creative.' -@BreneBrown Click To Tweet The struggle for creatives is the balancing act of 'Yes, my work is a part of me, but it is not me.' -@BreneBrown Click To Tweet 'To me—and for creativity especially—perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor.' -@BreneBrown Click To Tweet 'I don't share anything until my healing and growth is no longer dependent on the reaction to it.' -@BreneBrown Click To Tweet 'Carve out time for nothing. When fun creativity gets scheduled, it just becomes the other stuff again.' -@BreneBrown Click To Tweet

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"Falling down is an everyday part of the creative life."
- Brené Brown


  • How to cultivate courage when facing rejection and failure
  • Tools in rising strong and resiliency
  • Blending your creative life with your other life
  • The "messy second act" or messy middle
  • Shame vs. guilt
  • How perfectionism plagues creativity
  • Dealing with praise as a creative
  • How to keep the mojo going for creative work that may or may not make it into the world


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