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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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    Leslie Stilin Schmidt 12-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    What disappointed you about Daring Greatly?

    I have listen to Brene Brown speak as well as narrate one of her books. She is a tough act to follow. I am sure the content of this book would be fantastic but the narrator awful. She sounds pained when speaking.failure. Her attempt a Brene's presentation style does not work. I tried a few times to listen because I wanted to hear the content but I just could not do it. I am trying to return the book, having a bit of trouble with returns right now..


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marguerite Mosier 04-18-14
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    Would you try another book from Brené Brown and/or Karen White?

    Yes


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader sounds like a kindergarden teacher. I just couldn't get past it.


    Was Daring Greatly worth the listening time?

    Time wasn't the issue, I'm going to buy the book and read it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-08-14 Member Since 2013
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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


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Melisa 04-03-14
    Melisa 04-03-14
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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.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    A. Yoshida 03-15-14
    A. Yoshida 03-15-14
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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.

    4 of 5 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.


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    Russell King 01-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I ended up reading the book for myself"
    If you could sum up Daring Greatly in three words, what would they be?

    Really good book: really challenging. The Narration is/was awful - I stopped listening because the narrator's performance didn't fit the content.

    Get the book; don't get the audio book. It's worth taking your time over. It's worth hearing yourself reading this book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Karen White’s performances?

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Zoller 01-25-15
    R. Zoller 01-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    What disappointed you about Daring Greatly?

    I'm sure the story is great - I am tempted to purchase the book but I've already purchased the audio book. I find the reader impossible to listen to. I have heard Brené Brown on TED Talks which inspired me to get this book. I wish I had listened to the sample before purchasing. The reader sounds very mechanical and strained to me (she sounds artificial and computer generated). She may be a good reader but the delivery (and she had to be coached, right?) does not flow well (in my opinion). If you purchase, listen carefully to the sample to see if you like the reader. I unfortunately do not.


    If you’ve listened to books by Brené Brown before, how does this one compare?

    My first audiobook from this author.


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

    I would have the author read her book. She is very entertaining and engaging!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Cox 01-18-15
    Amy Cox 01-18-15
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    "I thought the narrator was a text to speech bot"
    How could the performance have been better?

    By using sometime who can imbue the words with power but doesn't sound like a dating site's AI avatar.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm rating this well because of the content, but this audio book is awful. I'll be reading the book instead. What a waste.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Hinmon McMinnville, OR United States 01-14-15
    Sandy Hinmon McMinnville, OR United States 01-14-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Phenomenal and life changing perspectives"

    Life changing perspective. Gives me courage to be "real" : vulnerable, grateful, connected. I will re-read and make life changes to live and act more honestly, more wholeheartedly and enjoy real connection. Love this book!

    Sadly, I have to say the narrator of the audio is not good at all. Her cadence left me wondering if this was a computerized voice. I got through listening to it but there was an edge to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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