The Fuel List//

How Brené Brown Made Vulnerability a Badge of Honor

And why more people are choosing to be courageous.

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Thrive Global and The Quaker Oats Company present The Fuel List—20 people changing the way we fuel our minds and bodies every day. These are the leaders making an impact in the worlds of sleep, nutrition, movement and mindfulness right now.

Brené Brown became a household name through her message of stepping toward challenges instead of away from them and living life in the moment. And it’s a message that clearly resonates—she’s written four #1 New York Times bestsellers—The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, and her latest book, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and The Courage to Stand Alone.

Her 2010 TEDx talk, The Power of Vulnerability, has been watched more than 31 million times. Brown is also a research professor at the University of Houston, and her work is informed by the 16 years she’s spent studying courage, shame, empathy and vulnerability. She’s the founder of several organizations dedicated to helping people build courage, become better leaders and improve their lives through love and self-acceptance.

“Brown is at the center of one of the most important conversations of our time: the importance of human connection. In the digital age, there is perhaps nothing more vital than our ability to connect with one another in meaningful ways—to love, to empathize and to feel like we belong. Through her research and bestselling books, Brown has inspired people all over the world to live more vulnerably and courageously. As she puts it, ‘Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver.’” — Callie Schweitzer, Chief Content Officer at Thrive Global 

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