Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

Braving the Wilderness transformation book

by Brené Brown

This timely book by Brené Brown taught me that courage and vulnerability are one and the same. We all know that there is no change inside our comfort zones. But at the same time we fear to make the step outside. The metaphorical step into the wilderness.

Brené Brown introduced this picture that beautifully captures how all innovators make themselves vulnerable by exposing their ideas to criticism. This book taught me how to accept this fact and better cope with the loneliness of a creator. Or as Brené has put it “it’s about the courage to show up when you can’t predict or control the outcome.”

This book has been also a true inspiration to challenge the way I think about cultivating true belonging in our members. The wilderness metaphor also led to the ‘Towards a better Purpose’ program that we first prototyped in the Finnish wilderness in 2019 and now is an integral part of the SHIFTSHAPER Trek – teaching people to work on their 5 elements to survive their very own wilderness.

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