I'm reading a new book by author Brene Brown, PhD, titled "Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead." I read a magazine article about Brown and her popular TED talk while I was traveling for work a few weeks ago, and after watching her TED talk video I was inspired to learn more about her work. Brown bases her writing on years of research and concludes that embracing vulnerability is the birthplace for innovation, creativity and human connection.
She goes on to write about other human emotions as well, although I'm more interested in the vulnerability information as it's something I haven't given much attention or thought to previously. It's amazing how the language Brown uses makes me feel empowered to make small differences in my own world as she describes (with evidence through her research) that failure is nothing to fear.
I'm about halfway through the book and am very captivated. The information I'm learning seems to have a place both personally and professionally for me, and I'm looking forward to seeing how Brown's ideas translate into the physical therapy profession and patient interactions.
I love learning and finding new ways to see the world, as cliché as that sounds. I like working alongside other therapists because I'm able to learn new techniques, new skills, and become a more effective clinician. Reading books like this forces me to think differently and find connections between the research done indirectly to physical therapy and find ways to use that research to positively impact the care we provide. In the past I'm not sure I would have picked up a book about vulnerability, but now I'm learning how there is so much overlap in seemingly unconnected areas.
What about you? Have you ever read material unrelated to physical therapy and found ways to make the information useful? Are there skills in other professions that are applicable to physical therapists?