4 (Totally Surprising) Life Lessons We All Need to Learn

How do you see yourself? Brené Brown explores a few social perspectives on things like guilt, perfection, and vulnerability in this article that illustrates ways to get what we really want out of our lives.

As unique as we all are, an awful lot of us want the same things. We want to shake up our current less-than-fulfilling lives. We want to be happier, more loving, forgiving and connected with the people around us. So…we make decisions (“I’m going to hang out with happy people!”); we give ourselves lectures (“If you’d just stop feeling guilty, you’d able to do what you want); and we strive for markers of that accomplishment (“Just go to the completely intimidating party and meet one person!”).

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Original article posted June 14, 2012 in Oprah.com and written by Brené Brown.

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