Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.
“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 best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”
Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts.
In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on 12 years of research, her book argues that vulnerability is not weakness but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown’s many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth—and trust—in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.
Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. A nationally renowned teacher and speaker, she is also the author of The Gifts of Imperfection and I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t). Her groundbreaking work has been featured widely in the media, including PBS and NPR.
©2012 Brené Brown (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“A wonderful book: urgent, essential, and fun to read. I couldn’t put it down, and it continues to resonate with me.” (Seth Godin, New York Times best-selling author)
“In Daring Greatly, Brené Brown refers to herself as both a mapmaker and a traveler. In my book, that makes her a guide. And I believe the world needs more guides like her who are showing us a wiser way to our inner world. If you’d like to set your course on being more courageous and connected, engaged and resilient, leave the GPS at home. Daring Greatly is all the navigation you’ll need.” (Maria Shriver, New York Times best-selling author)
There's something about books like this that the writer MUST read it to you, not a professional reader. It's hard to grasp Dr. Brene' Brown's message without her energy and voice in the words. I love the book and the material in it. I am beginning to realize just how my shame and perfectionism is eroding the quality of my life. But, she has given me hope that not all is lost and strategies to put into action, daily, hourly and moment by moment. I will order the book and read it again myself so I can grasp it more and ponder the words, though I have trouble reading because of a brain injury. But the reader has kind of ruined parts of it for me, even though I kind of got used to her voice toward the middle of the book. Still overall a good book, don't pass it up.
She brought the shame issue to a understanding, that I have been hiding behind shame most of my life.
When she spoke on how shame can also effect man as much as woman, It's a human condition!
I the guy in yellow izod sweeter I enjoy that story
There is some simple trues, but powerful when I got, that shame was my driving force in my life.You really have to put yourself out and take chances if want to live the whole hearted life.I will have to go back to these book several times to apply some of this trues. So many things to take in I will us the book as a refrence, for some time to come
Thanks Mrs Brown, I do think your books can make a diffirence in people, You where spot on!!
The author does not read this book, which makes the audio version disappointing. in the book, you can hear the author's voice (on the page) in her personal stories, as well as the insights gleaned from her extensive research. The narrator simply cannot do justice to the depth of the content of the book.
Nothing good about the natration! Awful awful awful. I thought she was a computer generated voice. So incredibly bad It gave me a headache every time I tried to listen. Her sentances run together without and pause for punctuation which is incredibly annoying in what is meant to be a thought provoking book. I so depreately want to enjoy this book but it's impossible in this format The author has such an animated an spunky tone, and Karen White puts zero effort into the inflections demanded by the text. Seriously can I get my money back please so I can buy a hard copy?
Brene` Brown's research, writing, and personal stories make her work relatable and interesting. However, none of her books include her voice doing the narration. For this great book, I thought the narrator's inflection, tone, and emotion was just wrong for what was in the text. I was disappointed. I would have a more natural narrator read this book, or have the author herself read her wonderful books.
Yes, it's very inspirational, validating, and thought provoking.
Karen White's performance made me cringe. I couldn't finish this.
I really liked the story, but I would prefer to hear it by another narrator. I understand the topic was about vulnerability, but it read too whinny. I would recommend this book to others for the same reasons it was recommended to me, but it has taken me a long time to listen to it.
I've learned that vulnerability is a good thing especially around the right people. We are all very human and I enjoyed the authors accounts. It was refreshing to feel like people understood me and that I was not the only one with gremlins. I even made my husband listen to a part of it in regards to raising and interacting with children.
I will never buy another book narrated by Karen White. Awful.
Sometimes wondered if it was a mechanical voice. It was also condescending and her cadence and emphasis on words was completely inappropriate. It was strange. It was as if she was not comprehending what she was reading, as she read.
I had read all her other books and wasn't sure I would find any new information in Daring Greatly, but I was wrong. She is so real and her messages touch me deeply. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who's new to Brene's work or who has read her other books!
I love Brene Brown's perspective. She is encouraging without being trite.
The parenting guidance most resonated with me.
Having seen Brene Brown speak in person, I didn't like Karen White's performance because she doesn't seem to bring the same energy and humor to the topic.
Parenting tips and ideas for setting boundaries.
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