Brene Brown: Trust = B.R.A.V.I.N.G.

Cindy JobsHealth and Well-Being, Organization, Uncategorized

If I could love someone I’ve never met, it would be Brene Brown.  I can not appreciate enough the power of her insights.

I’ve read her books.  I’ve watched her TED talks on vulnerability and shame.  I’ve listened to her numerous times as a podcast guest.

Most recently,  I listened to Oprah’s Super Soul Conversation where Brene Brown tackled the issue of trust.  The conversation is only 24 minutes long and provides mountains of thought-provoking perspectives.

My major takeaways:

  • What events do you consider “marble jar” moments? (research shows the #1 moment is something you may not even consider @8:10)
  • Who are your “marble jar” friends?
  • John Gottman (Professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Washington): “Trust is built in very small moments,  . . . “
  • Charles Feltman: ” . . . trust is defined as choosing to risk making something you value vulnerable to another person’s actions.” (check out the full quote here)
  • Here is Brene Brown’s definition of trust:
    • B = Boundaries
    • R = Reliability
    • A = Accountability
    • V = Vault
    • I = Integrity
    • N = Non-judgement
    • G = Generosity
  • Trust is not just for others, but more importantly for ourselves.

Ms. Brown ends her presentation with a thought-provoking quote from Maya Angelou:

“I don’t trust people who don’t love themselves and tell me, ‘I love you.’ … There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”

I encourage you to listen.  I guarantee you will learn something about yourself and your relationships.

Cindy Jobs, COC, ACC

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