Daring Greatly

Daring Greatly

How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Book - 2012 | 1st ed
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The #1 New York Times bestseller. More than 2 million copies sold!

Look for Brené Brown's new podcast, Dare to Lead, as well as her ongoing podcast Unlocking Us !

From thought leader Brené Brown, a transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. "-- Theodore Roosevelt

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly. Based on twelve years of pioneering research, Brené Brown PhD, LMSW, dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

Brown explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity. She writes: "When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives."

Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It's about courage. In a world where "never enough" dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It's even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there's a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena--whether it's a new relationship, an important meeting, the creative process, or a difficult family conversation. Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful new vision for letting ourselves be seen.
Publisher: New York, NY : Gotham Books, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781592407330
Branch Call Number: 158 BRO 2012
Characteristics: 287p


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Oct 30, 2020

I have watched some talks by Brené Brown, and this is the first book of hers I've read. I wanted to love it more. It had some good nuggets, and I appreciated her anecdotes, but I found myself trudging through most of the book.

JCLPiepieB Apr 10, 2020

I've read other Brene Brown material and watched her Netflix special and her TED talk and it seemed like a lot of material was recycled from this book. I love how honest and real she is. This book is a great resource.

Sep 09, 2019


Jul 19, 2019

Raise your hand if you're here because Karen and Georgia sent you.

Oct 13, 2018

This book is a great read if you're just entering in the field of understanding what it means to open yourself to wanted or unwanted criticism in life. It provides you the knowledge and backing science behind engaging the idea of being comfortable with the unkown emotions and thoughs involved with communicating what some people would consider intimate ideas or socially constrained feelings and thoughts.

Overall I thought it's a great read although I thought it was quite wordy at times. There are long drawn out stories which are related to the topic but don't necessarily provide a lesson or improve the concept in any way other than to provide an example.

Aug 02, 2016

I initially listened to the recording, but then decided I had better read a printed copy since there were so many great lines and quotes I wanted to jot down to save....and then eventually i just bought the book :-)

JCLBeckyC Jul 21, 2015

I love the message of this book--that vulnerability is not a sign of weakness, and that our culture needs to embrace it courageously--but the chapters are too long and redundant for my taste. If you're a huge Brene Brown fan, you'll probably want to read this entire book. If you just want the gist of her message, I recommend watching Brown's TedTalk videos and reading the first and last chapter of this book, as I did.

Jan 15, 2015

I love this book, clear, concise and honest about being vulnerable in all areas of our lives. Brene shares her own stories, and wisdom to say how being open to vulnerability can change our lives in positive ways.

JCLChrisK Aug 26, 2014

Perhaps not the most captivating writing ever, but full of wisdom. Decent as literature; essential as message. It's okay to be human. We all are, after all. Accept it, go with it, be it.

Nov 24, 2013

It's hard to give this book anything less then "Outstanding". Brene is covering difficult ground here, and is standing beside you the entire time, sweating out vulnerability as you do the same. Her research is impeccable and stands on its own, but Brene breaks it down for us "non-academics" so we can use this information in our daily lives. Thought provoking and life changing...

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Mar 05, 2016

If I had to choose the form of betrayal that emerged most frequently from my research and that was the most dangerous in terms of corroding the trust connection, I would say disengagement.

When the people we love or with whom we have a deep connection stop caring, stop paying attention, stop investing, and stop fighting for the relationship, trust begins to slip away and hurt starts seeping in. Disengagement triggers shame and our greatest fears -- the fears of being abandoned, unworthy, and unlovable. What can make this covert betrayal so much more dangerous than something like a lie or an affair is that we can't point to the source of our pain -- there's no event, no obvious evidence of brokenness. It can feel crazy-making. (p52)

Mar 05, 2016

And often the result of daring greatly isn't a victory march as much as it is a quiet sense of freedom mixed with a little battle fatigue (p43).

Sep 08, 2013

We're hard-wired for connection -- it's what gives purpose and meaning to our lives. The absence of love, belonging and connection always leads to suffering. [...] Those who feel lovable, who love, and who experience belonging simply believe they are worthy of love and belonging. They don't have better or easier lives, they don't have fewer struggles with addiction or depression, and they haven't survived fewer traumas or bankruptcies or divorces, but in the midst of all these struggles, they have developed practices that enable them to hold on to the belief that they are worthy of love, belonging, and even joy.


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Jul 20, 2015

Self-help book by author and researcher Brene Brown based on years of study about connectedness, wholeheartedness and vulnerability. Expands upon the TED Talk "The Power of Vulnerability." A transforming read.

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