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Living Brave: Shawn Achor

Brené Brown and Shawn Achor

Up next in the Living Brave Interview Series... Shawn Achor!  Shawn is a happiness researcher, author, and speaker whose TED talk, The happy secret to better work, has received over 15 million views.

Watch as Brené and Shawn discuss how happiness can be a tough choice to make, Shawn’s experiences with depression and his own falls, plus how he draws courage by being vulnerable.

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  1. Avatar missing CarmenUys says…
    05/23/2017

    I don't think I know a person who I didn't send to Shawn's TED talk and I will never forget Amy the Unicorn:-) I have found in my life that people often use the words "Happiness is a choice" like a wip. We'll wip you with it if you dare say you are struggling...CHOOSE it (wip), CHOOSE it! It has been a journey to embrace it and allow myself to have bad days as well as good days. Great interview TX.

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  2. Image HJGoatley says…
    05/08/2017

    love the Corinthians inspiration!
    Thanks Brene! KEEP GOING!!

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  3. Avatar missing Ksemone73 says…
    05/05/2017

    His point that we actually do have more control of our mindset than we realize & that can be scary. I only recently have begun to realize that my mind affects my body and that I am then in control of how it affects my body. Both empowering and scary at the same time.

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  4. Avatar missing abbottpa says…
    05/04/2017

    I would not have been as impressed if I did not know he had struggled with depression, Another example of the value of vulnerability

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  5. Avatar missing AnkiOlsson says…
    05/04/2017

    Love, love, love!!!
    Thank You for sharing so much, it's the best inspiration and it makes me want ot be brave and to dare to be vulnerable!

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  6. Avatar missing MarysLight says…
    05/03/2017

    I loved this interview,, especially the message not to shame ourselves when we are unable or unwilling to choose happiness. I choose to leave my full-time job to pursue a passion of mine and the transition has been really hard, harder then I expected. I sometimes want to shame myself and say - look, you choose this, now be happy! but that is so not real life and this process has taught me to be so much more compassionate with myself..and to be authentic with my friends and my clients...I am letting people know I am struggling and asking for help. This is a huge step in being Vulnerable. Thank you Brene for this interview and for being the beautiful amazing wonderful you.

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  7. Avatar missing sunflowersky says…
    05/02/2017

    As someone who's struggled with depression since childhood, I really, really appreciate what Shawn says here about being careful not to shame people for not choosing happiness. Whenever I hear that refrain, "Happiness is a choice," it cuts me like a knife precisely for that reason. For some of us, it's a far, far harder choice than for others. Sometimes our natural baseline is so low that lifting it to "normal" or just "mildly depressed" takes a colossal amount of effort. Too many "positive psychology" people don't acknowledge that and it piles shame on top of the depression. Thank you, Shawn, for keeping it real and acknowledging that even if it is a choice, it's not always an easy one.

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  8. Susan chritton scarf (copy narrow) (672x800) slc4pways says…
    05/02/2017

    I really love his messages. I heard him speak at Watermark in San Jose and his presence lit up the room.

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  9. Avatar missing pjtrav says…
    05/01/2017

    Thank you Brene' for this awesome interview. The conversation was so authentic and inspiring. Gave me the encouragement and nudge that I needed to keep engaging in being the best I can be for myself and those that I love!

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  10. Avatar missing Qonfire2016 says…
    05/01/2017

    Great interview ... Shawn is a nice guy, authentic and open; loved your questions (especially at the end). It was the booster shot I needed to start a new week / new month.

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  11. Image BelleMartine says…
    05/01/2017

    What a lightful interview !
    I too love the quote "depression is a liar"...that brings Hope in the arena !

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  12. Avatar missing Amytacular says…
    05/01/2017

    I cry at every dang one of these videos. It's a good cry. Thank you so much for your bravery. This work has literally changed my life.

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  13. Avatar missing Loucalvo says…
    05/01/2017

    Thank you Brene, I love your passion and message! You have made me a braver person and thereby helped me to love myself enough to show up for me.

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  14. Avatar missing Janmak says…
    05/01/2017

    Great talk , nice guy. Can you tell me the name of the song mentioned please.?

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  15. Avatar missing Janmak says…
    05/01/2017

    Great talk , nice guy. Can you tell me the name of the song mentioned please.?

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      05/03/2017
  16. Avatar missing Sangeeta says…
    05/01/2017

    Admire your honesty. I have found becoming aware of how judgemental I am towards others and myself as well as compassionate to myself has been very helpful. This helps us connect and feel less lonely.

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  17. Avatar missing Coach75 says…
    05/01/2017

    I love the quote "Courage is fear that has said its prayers." Years ago three employees brought to my attention some unethical things the CEO of the company was doing. As the Chief Human Resources Officer, I was at choice - go to the Ethics Officer, go to the Board of Directors, talk with the company lawyer - OR, talk directly with the CEO. I chose the latter. I started the conversation with, "I need to bring to your attention ......" I had thought through several reactions he might have including embarrassment, humiliation and anger. He responded with rage. He threatened me with firing, he accused me of falsehoods. I responded with, "Let's take 24 hours to reflect on these matters and meet again tomorrow." Over the next week we met daily. The CEO struggled - moving between anger and despair. He finally agreed that he must disclose what he had done to the Board of Directors. The Board was shocked and responded to the CEO that they could no longer trust him. The Board asked me to support the CEO in the exit process. The Board agreed to pay the CEO 6 months pay. Over the next two months, the Board asked me to support them in working through their anger and distrust. The result was a more transparent, vulnerable and open Board. They looked at their role in inadequate policies and lack of setting expectations for the CEO. AND, they talked with me about forgiveness and giving the CEO another chance. The CEO was reinstated. From this experience, I learned about my own courage, grace, vulnerability and being willing to step into the void of uncertainty trusting the outcome would be OK.

    Thank you for a wonderful interview.

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  18. Avatar missing joanbrown says…
    05/01/2017

    I just listened to your TED talk and I love all that you say about academia.. I am a 53 year old (wife of 35 years and grandma of 6) PhD student in Social Foundations of Education at Oklahoma State University. I needed to laugh... I am an academia misfit for many reasons, but as a misfit ~ I bring unique perspectives to my field. Not very often, but a few times I have needed a lens change (tunnel vision is so prevalent in the middle of an academia environment). I step outside the tunnel- spend time with my 6 grands- soak in the sun and meet with my friends who are teachers (boots on the ground). Your talk is especially great for #6 (loyalists) and #3 (performers) on the Enneagram :-)!

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  19. Avatar missing joanbrown says…
    05/01/2017

    Thank you for sharing! Love the conversation - and being a part of the conversation. Transparency is scary, but only when it's lonely. Thank you for starting the conversations that lead to a more open, graceful and kind relationship with ourselves and with others. I love this research.

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  20. Image Joannehowarth says…
    05/01/2017

    Great interview. I'm suffering from depression and found the quote "depression is a liar" really powerful. I feel shame that I'm not happy so it was good to hear we mustn't shame ourselves over happiness. I hid my depression for years behind a bubbly personality. I now am an authentic me but am stuck in the struggle.
    I wonder whether I lack the courage to be happy? Very thought-provoking interview. Thank you!!

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  21. Jenni profile jennistarling says…
    05/01/2017

    Amazing way to start my week!! Xoxo

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  22.  igp0681 alived10 says…
    05/01/2017

    What an amazing talk! Thank you!

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    1. Image BelleMartine says…
      05/03/2017

      amazing to read you again, alived10,
      I am having a cup of coffee...:)

    2.  igp0681 alived10 says…
      05/10/2017

      @BelleMartine ❤️☀️

  23. Bls phone 018 joyofdogs says…
    05/01/2017

    Just thank you. What a beautiful, authentic, vulnerable conversation.

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  24. Avatar missing AngelicPreneur says…
    05/01/2017

    What a wonderful interview to start my Monday! Love you both. Thank you. :)

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  25. Sue lundquist  head shot 39 o Thankful4u says…
    05/01/2017

    YES YES YES. Thank you so much for being an example of falling gracefully and even more, getting up and showing up to teach us all. #thankful4u!

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