Book Review - Brave Enough to Succeed

Updated: Dec 22, 2021

Valorie Burton

This year I chose to do something that I had never done before, a word of the year. A Word of the Year is a Beacon to keep you on course when detours occur because we all know that they will.

The word I chose was Unstoppable. Actually it seemed the word chose me and once it did, I began to see it everywhere. It was like when you start looking for a vehicle, and all of a sudden you seem to find it everywhere you look.

In all honesty, the word has been rather fitting for 2021. My 2020 was an interesting year to say the least. A door to a very important part of my life had closed. Not only had it closed, but it was locked and nailed shut. The whole door was then taken out, 2x4s installed, dry walled over, mudded, sanded and painted so you couldn't even tell there had been one in the first place. I'm fairly sure that a number of you can relate.

Before that door was sealed like the Cave of Wonders (for all my Aladdin fans out there), I was introduced to Valorie Burton and was so impressed with her that I wanted to read one of her books, but which one? I eventually decided on Brave Enough to Succeed: 40 Strategies for Getting Unstuck. Why you might ask? The original title was Get Unstuck, Be Unstoppable. It was a sign.

I appreciate Valorie's candor and vulnerability.

She fights the same battles a number of us do. She relates how she gets unstuck and how you can too.

One of the most powerful issues she discusses is how we become stuck by fear. Fear paralyzes. The fear of failure. The fear of success which can show up as Imposter Syndrome. The fear of disapproval and rejection. Maybe it's the fear of not being in control.

Fear is inevitable when you step outside your comfort zone. Valorie encourages you to name your fear and confront it with truth. It takes bravery to not let fear make your decisions for you. Managing thoughts is another issue that Valorie deals with. How do you talk to yourself? This is a question that we all have to ask ourselves. You have to be intentional with what you tell yourself.

You have to start listening to the conversations you have with yourself.

If it's negative, you need to replace it with positive and encouraging words. This is not an overnight change. Change one word/thought and build on that. Bravery starts with showing up everyday. It starts with one step/one word which leads to another and another until it becomes a habit you do consistently.

This bravery soon begins to be seen in your personal and business life. Confidence then comes, which in turn positively influences those around you. Valorie writes of other areas in our lives that can influence our bravery or lack of. Yes, that's a teaser as to why you should read Brave Enough to Succeed.

Fun Fact: Valorie Burton was one of the speakers at the 2021 Lead2Live.

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