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.
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“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)
I love the work Brene Brown and loved the content of the book. However the narrator's voice sounded very computerized and automated and it took me a long time to get used to it.
The observations in this book have given me a fresh perspective on many things and I would dare call them "magic keys" that Brene has handed me via her courageous work.
I did not personally care for the style of the person narrating the book- so much so I often cringed and could barely stand to listen to it. I find the style to have too many "refined flourishes" in her tone of voice. I felt like I was listening to a performer instead of a down to earth Brené.
I listened to the first chapter of this book and I'm returning it-- not because the content is bad, but I just cannot take the voice of the narrator. I tried a number of time to "give her another chance", but her voice- both the tone and the cadence are awful.
I'll be buying a hard copy of the book and reading it myself. I hope that audible re-records this book with a different narrator-- Brene Brown's content is excellent and I'm really disappointed that I can't listen to it.
It's amazing how the very subtle concepts of shame and inability to express vulnerability keep us from experiencing life more fully and achieving our greatest potential. Brené Brown shows the keys to unlock this within us and I'm extremely grateful.
So I have absolute admiration for Brene Brown and have enjoyed all the books Brene has read.
Unfortunately- they chose someone other than Brene to read this - and this lady Karen is really hard to Listen to - it ranges from grating on my nerves and making me feel stressed - or I find myself tuning her out- and having to replay what she said. My wife was listening to this with me and she said - "I Can't listen any more - the readers voice is too grating"
So the content is great - but they chose the wrong person to read this
Narrator sounds like Siri making it challenging to listen to.
Took an incredibly long time to setup "vulnerability" without a hint of what to do about it. The thesis is that vulnerability is vital to daring greatly but the book is about daring greatly not how to be vulnerable.
This book is thought provoking and I will reflect on the lessons that I need to learn about shame. I will be listening to it again and again. It has been life changing!
I agree with previous reviews that the narration, especially in the first few chapters inflection is off that it sounds like a computer is narrating instead of a person. It does even out eventually. Even if I wasn't familiar with Brene Brown's cadence it would be a difficult listen. Still glad I listened, but also glad I have the book for extra notes and highlights. I do wish Brene was the narrator.
Overall I liked the book and took away a lot. However, at times I felt she got a little preachy and it became condescending at times. I definitely would recommend it to everyone who has experienced shame. It made me conscious of the issue and gave me ideas of how to cope. However, it was long-winded at times and over-reliant on stories. Good read but be prepared for those fallacies and overlook them as the content is still strong
The narrator is decent though takes a bit to get used to her way of speaking and pausing (if you've ever heard the way Brene Brown speaks it's more fluid.) The teachings of this book are good. It has a bunch of relatable stories and elements in there. A good audible book all in all. The book sometimes got glitchy so I had the press pause and then play again which would normally fix it.
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