Dr. Brené Brown

414: Vulnerability, Courage, and our Fear of People’s Opinions | From the FM Archives

They say opinions are cheap, but the cost of FOPO – the fear of people’s opinions – is anything but.

As many of you already know, I’ve recently released ‘The First Rule of Mastery,’ a book dedicated to overcoming what I’ve come to see as the single greatest constrictor of human potential: FOPO.

And so, in celebration of this special milestone, we’re excited to re-release a pivotal conversation with Dr. Brené Brown, whose eloquent insights on FOPO are invaluable.

I found that while writing and beginning to share the book, I was consistently drawn back to this very episode again and again… 

For those new to her work, Brené is a renowned research professor at the University of Houston, where she’s spent over two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, empathy, and leadership…

She’s the author of six New York Times bestsellers, and her iconic TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the most viewed TED talks of all time, with over 63 million views. 


Brené is a legend… and her timeless and practical wisdom guides us through overcoming the paralyzing fear of other people’s opinions, unlocking our full potential and dancing on the razor’s edge of vulnerability, authenticity and courage.

Whether it’s a revisit or your first listen, this conversation is as relevant as ever. Perhaps even more so

And with that, I am super excited to re-share a fresh version of our 2018 conversation with the one and only Dr. Brené Brown!

“It’s one of the most dangerous myths in the world, that vulnerability is weakness, because there’s just no evidence of that. You cannot get to courage without walking right through vulnerability.”

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