Chapter 21

Expand Your Influence—For Good

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.

AUTHOR MAYA ANGELOU

Brené Brown is definitely throwing something back. Just a few years ago, she was one of 1,276,700 college professors in the United States. Now, Brené is positively influencing millions with her books, Oprah Super Soul Sunday interviews and her Power of Vulnerability TED talk, which is one of their top ten downloaded videos35 … deservedly so.

I first met Brené at Goddard Space Center’s Leadership Colloquium. Gail Williams, the organizer of this series, is generous in asking previous speakers to their special events. When she invited me to attend Brené’s program, ...

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