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Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead | [Brené Brown]

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

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. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.”
—Theodore Roosevelt

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.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    "Powerful"

    This is a powerful book that will change how you live your life. Based in research and facts the insights shared by the author, are life changing.

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    Amazon Customer Missouri 03-10-14
    Amazon Customer Missouri 03-10-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Love the concept!!!"
    What did you like best about Daring Greatly? What did you like least?

    This book is about vulnerability, and I LOVE that idea. I struggled, as did the author at times, defining what exactly vulnerability looks like. It is a term where the definition may change depending upon whom you ask, and the circumstances.
    I really liked the fact that it felt like Ms. Brown is baring her soul (showing her vulnerability) with this book. It makes me wish I was better at that.


    What aspect of Karen White’s performance would you have changed?

    I have read numerous reviews of folks that were not fans of Ms. White's narration. I was of a similar feeling, but then I sped the narration sound to 1.5X normal, and for some reason, that made it much better for me. After making that change, the narration faded into the background of the story (as it always should), and I was able to focus on the book.


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    Tomek Prospect, NS, Canada 03-09-14
    Tomek Prospect, NS, Canada 03-09-14
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    "This Book is read by a Robot"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The topic is very interesting, but the audio is done by a simulated robot voice. (Or someone who took great pains to sound like a robot, for reasons unknown)


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Karen White?

    A real human


    Did Daring Greatly inspire you to do anything?

    To hate robots voices with a passion


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry if this review sounds bigoted to robots, I personally like them, except when they read books.

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    Parambir TX, United States 12-26-13
    Parambir TX, United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Her TED talk sums up this book well"
    Would you try another book from Brené Brown and/or Karen White?

    Brene Browns TED talk was the reason that I purchased this Audiobook. but the narration is so poor in comparison to Brene's natural Storytelling, it was impossible to listen to.


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    Jason CARROLLTON, TX, United States 12-21-13
    Jason CARROLLTON, TX, United States 12-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Could not listen to it all"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    What little of it I could get through was good in terms of content but I could not listen because of the narrator. I really wish Ms. Brown had read it herself. I powered through about an hour and a half of it.


    What didn’t you like about Karen White’s performance?

    The best comparison I can make is a female version of Eugene Levy's character in A Mighty Wind. But maybe it's just me. Listen to the sample. If it doesn't bother you then get the book. The content is good.


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    Business Mebane, NC, United States 12-16-13
    Business Mebane, NC, United States 12-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing compared to Brene Brown Talks"
    What did you like best about Daring Greatly? What did you like least?

    This would have worked as a course or set of lectures, but not so much as an audio book. I guess she got bogged down having to write fully formed paragraphs and sentences. Her spoken expressiveness carries so much meaning. I found the constant drum of key words like vulnerable really irritating. It would be great to match up Brene Brown's insight with David Sedaris' phrasing and style.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader was irritating. To sterile for BB's narrative.




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    Jeanne FREEHOLD, NJ, United States 11-23-13
    Jeanne FREEHOLD, NJ, United States 11-23-13
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    "yuck"

    Narrator annoyed me so much simply could not listen. Thought I returned, but for some reason it still shows up in library. So disappointed. Will just get book in print. Really needs to be re-recorded!

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    Michelle newington, NH, United States 11-22-13
    Michelle newington, NH, United States 11-22-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Didn't Make It Through"
    If you could sum up Daring Greatly in three words, what would they be?

    Did not finish (due to narrator).


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brené Brown? Why or why not?

    Yes. Her messages are good and based on sound, interesting research. She should have researched her narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Completely.


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    MICHELLE HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC, United States 11-15-13
    MICHELLE HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC, United States 11-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Truly life-changing....truly"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If enough people could grasp the concepts in this book ,we could develop emotional intelligence and even inspire a positive emotional evolution . This hand book of how to avoid the pitfalls of emotional snares should be in every household and be considered as a text book in schools.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr Brene Brown. Brilliant


    What does Karen White bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Humanizing


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Daring Greatly?

    Recognizing the courage it takes to be true to my self and to ignore unworthy critics.


    Any additional comments?

    I have bought many hard copies to share with friends and loved ones.

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    Patricia Finley 11-12-13
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    "Reader is too emotional"
    Would you try another book from Brené Brown and/or Karen White?

    Yes to Brene Brown but not if Karen White is the reader.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She was excessively emotional. She should talken a cue from Brown's TED Talk.


    Do you think Daring Greatly needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It seems sufficient unto itself. Though I might read more of Brown on other topics.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader's voice was clear and pleasant but the material didn't call for so much emotion. It was distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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