Fierce Excerpts: “Knowledge is only a rumor until it lives in the muscle.”

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*image from brainpickings.com, art by Lisbeth Zwerger done for a rare edition of the Wizard of Oz.

Now Reading | Brené Brown on the Physics of Vulnerability and What Resilient People Have in Common

Brainpickings.org is a favorite spot of mine. And I can’t get enough of todays post on Brené Brown. Not only the words, but the imagery as well. It’s beautiful.

I will just share a few excerpts and you can read the entire article here: http://www.brainpickings.org/2015/09/02/rising-strong-brene-brown/

While vulnerability is the birthplace of many of the fulfilling experiences we long for — love, belonging, joy, creativity, and trust, to name a few — the process of regaining our emotional footing in the midst of struggle is where our courage is tested and our values are forged. Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness in our lives; it’s the process that teaches us the most about who we are.

Curiosity is a key word for the Fierce people. We live by it and our tagline is “Inspiring curiosity since inception.” Curiosity is powerful and I agree with her sentiments here:

The most transformative and resilient leaders that I’ve worked with over the course of my career have three things in common: First, they recognize the central role that relationships and story play in culture and strategy, and they stay curious about their own emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Second, they understand and stay curious about how emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are connected in the people they lead, and how those factors affect relationships and perception. And, third, they have the ability and willingness to lean in to discomfort and vulnerability.

Her definition of creativity is exactly right:

Creativity embeds knowledge so that it can become practice. We move what we’re learning from our heads to our hearts through our hands. We are born makers, and creativity is the ultimate act of integration — it is how we fold our experiences into our being… The Asaro tribe of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea has a beautiful saying: “Knowledge is only a rumor until it lives in the muscle.”