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)
This book brings new and useful information on how to be a more fulfilled person, while still being yourself. It's not "cook book psychology", meaning that it does not provide a perfect recipe for hapiness (which would be cookie cutter and most probably not effective). But it does guide you on basic principles and provides helpful insight and tools. I changed me in many profund ways.
I like Brene Brown's messages in general, but the narrator was so distracting I can't tell whether this book was well written or not. I think it was a little too repetitive and jargon-y, but I can't be sure. Also, I think it doesn't translate well to being read aloud, but again, I can't be sure.
Karen White's narration is so frustrating I spent my entire listening time on edge. She sounds like a computer generated voice.
Every...word...is...accented...no...matter...how...long...the...sentence. There's "drama" in every preposition, conjunction, noun, verb, pronoun. It's ridiculous! How could the publishers have listened to this and thought it was ok? It's utterly infuriating. Next time a book is recommended to me (as the print version of this one was), I'll remember to listen to the sample before I buy.
(For others trying to make it through, turn up the speed to 1.5x. It helps a little.)
This book has taken me on a revelation journey. The information Brene shares with us is truly eye opening. I believe this is a book that virtually anyone would benefit listening to. I can't stop sharing the things that I've learned after listening to this audio book. I'd like to thank the author for all the hard work she has put into this book and I'm looking forward to exploring more of her works ie her Ted Talks.
What do I mean when I say that this book will change your life? It will truly help you understand what is holding you back. It will shed light to procrastination, disconnection, rage, joy, happiness and a myriad of other situations that go on with the reality of being human.
Shame is real and very powerful. The effects of it govern our lives. I had never heard of Brene Brown before listening to The Power of Vulnerability. I bought this book because of that book. I thought that this was a more expanded version of that book. However it is essentially the same. There are a few extra nuggets in this book, but it is not a monumental difference.
Karen White is NOT Brene Brown, and what I mean by that is this. If you are coming to this book because you heard Brene speak you are going to be met with a completely different cadence. She reads well enough, but there were some elements of her delivery that annoyed me. I felt that at times she was a little over dramatic with her delivery. Not way over the top, but subtley melodramatic with some of her inflections. Brene uses a lot of wit in her speaking and from Karen's read it doesn't come out. However if you have never heard Brene speak then you will get the information out of this book. The passion however comes from Brene Brown herself and to that I recommend The Power of Vulnerability.
Looking forward to applying thus to my life and my parenting. I liked the narration, I don't care what anyone else says. Rather funny to read through the comments about a book on shaming.
The content is great and reader skilled and clear, though robotic at times. Unfortunately, as a package - there is a huge mis-match. As a fan of Brown's work, getting over this took time and it was difficult to buy into the voice telling the story and content was missed. Because of the nuanced nature of the content, this disconnect is not easily forgivable. I'm relatively new to Audible and the previous texts I've enjoyed were read by their authors. I'll be far more cautious about future purchases because of this experience.
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