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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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    Teri Ambrose Mesa, AZ, United States 04-14-14
    Teri Ambrose Mesa, AZ, United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Narrator makes a good book bad"

    I'm going to have to return this one and buy hardcopy. Totally prefer to "read" audibly, but this narrator is painfully annoying to listen to. Every. Single. Line….is said with such overdrawn earnest that it becomes incredibly distracting to absorb what's being said. I gave 5 stars on the story simply because the content that I was eventually able to get through was quite good. I'm projecting that had the narration been better this would have been a terrific book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. MccLuskey 04-08-14 Member Since 2008
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    "DO NOT BUY before listening to the sample!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The narration on this book sounds computerized and is too difficult to listen too. I didn't make it through 5 minutes. I will just buy the book for my kindle


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melisa 04-03-14
    Melisa 04-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    Would you try another book from Brené Brown and/or Karen White?

    I would always get another book by Brene Brown, but this narration was especially horrendous.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was not even able to finish the book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I wish I could replace this book with some other, it was a complete waste of my money.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Yoshida Pasadena, CA USA 03-15-14
    A. Yoshida Pasadena, CA USA 03-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Similar to "The Gifts of Imperfection""

    I had read "The Gifts of Imperfection" some time ago and thought that was terrific book. As I was reading "Daring Greatly," I didn't feel the content was much different from her other book. I looked at the descriptions for both books and they have the similar themes - 1) shame, authenticity, belonging, courage, compassion, connection and 2) vulnerability, imperfection, courage, engagement, connection. I think the first book provided more depth and guidance. I think this book provided the stories and examples that allow the readers to see themselves in those situations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Providence, UT, United States 02-10-14
    Jessica Providence, UT, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2009
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    "I heart Brene Brown"

    Brene Brown and her work entered into my life exactly when I needed her most. She talks about letting go of perfection and others expectations and being aware of what you may be doing to cause shame on another person. Her goal is to help others live whole-heartedly. A nice, soul-searching read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hillary Clinton Shanghai China 11-08-13
    Hillary Clinton Shanghai China 11-08-13 Member Since 2006

    Why is my name Hillary Clinton?

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    "Great book, painful to listen to!"
    Would you try another book from Brené Brown and/or Karen White?

    I would listen to another Brene Brown book, but only if Brene read it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator made me want to stop listening. While I am very interested in the content of the book, the narrator's syrupy, insincere tone made it painful to listen to and was unable to convey content as intended. Kind of shocked this one got through!


    Was Daring Greatly worth the listening time?

    No, because I will definitely have to read the book to get the true value of the message.


    Any additional comments?

    I've never written a review before but this was so bad, I had to do it. I've sometimes had to adjust to a narrator's voice or style, but with this one, I'm never going to get there. Will likely return, because I can't get through the book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Seattle, WA, United States 10-11-12
    Alan Seattle, WA, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Exceptional and inspirational"
    What did you love best about Daring Greatly?

    Brene Brown's latest book on vulnerability, leadership, and living covers science, anecdotes, and insight in easy to understand and entertaining text.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This audio book suffers only from the narrator, who reads at good speed and emphasis, but has a high rasp in her voice that I found irritating. Not a fatal flaw because the content is so good. I recommend this audiobook.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Efiron SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 11-27-12
    Efiron SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 11-27-12
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    "Wonderful. Empowering. Made so much sense!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Through this book I was able to understand so many little - and not so little- "dark" incidents in my life which caused me to feel uncomfortable or ashamed, and shed light on them. I was able to understand them a lot better, and grow. I can now take these experiences, analyze them in a new way and feel good about myself.

    The book is very empowering- using simple language to explain our most inner selves and how it is implemented in varied areas of our lives- relationships, parenting, work.

    I am definitely going back to this one! I have quite a few bookmarks.


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

    Karen White's colorful voice drew me into the text. Even though this is a non-fiction, she was able to bring a lot of emotion and the author's enthusiasm from her research into the sentences. Well done.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 10-08-12
    Scott Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Life Changing"

    I have never experienced a book that has affected me so deeply. I am 50 years old and this cuts straight to the heart of so many things I have struggled with. I finished listening and then went straight back to chapter one to start again. Amazing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    chishop 06-25-14
    chishop 06-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Robotic sounding narrator"
    Would you try another book from Brené Brown and/or Karen White?

    Brene Brown has great things to say and does so in a funny and smart way. This is a great book; I've read it before and loved it. Listening to it was a different experience. The narrator sounds choppy and robotic. At some points, I fear she is about to cry. That's unfortunate because the overall experience of listening to this great book is not nearly as good as reading the physical book due to the narrator. Consider reading instead of listening to this book for a better experience.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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