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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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    emco 01-08-15
    emco 01-08-15
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    "Listen at 1.25x"

    The reader does a nice job, but reads slowly enough (and with sufficient diction) that you can listen at 1.25x and still hear and understand every word. Brown does something spectacular with the topic of vulnerability: she explains how it's not a weakness to be avoided, rather, it is a strength that brings one closer to others. Definitely worth both my time and money.

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    Richard 01-04-15
    Richard 01-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A Life Changing Read"

    I especially enjoyed the way she used a segment of her daughter's life to illustrate her concept of shame resilience. Trying new things, especially those things which we're sure we don't do well can be terrifying....like her daughter's 100 meter breast-stroke. Just trying....."just getting in the water" teaches courage, builds confidence and helps a person to overcome fear.

    I'm sure that this is a great work for clinicians. it certainly was a help for someone like me who struggles in the area of vulnerability and bouncing back from less than stellar life moments.

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    Amazon Customer Port Townsend, WA United States 01-03-15
    Amazon Customer Port Townsend, WA United States 01-03-15 Member Since 2011

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    "get comfortable in your own skin"

    This book does a fantastic job of dissecting the rat-race world we are all running everyday. A must for anyone living in the social media overloaded world.

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    molly 12-08-14
    molly 12-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Content, Horrible narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I really enjoyed the content of this book but I found it nearly impossible to listen to the narrator. I'm not sure if it was entirely computer generated or partially but the result was painful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Brene Brown's content.


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

    Never.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


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    Kindle Customer Kentucky 05-04-14
    Kindle Customer Kentucky 05-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very thought provoking book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book and the research behind it will help anyone understand the degree of fear, shame, guilt that we all live under.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the narration best. I normally read books to escape, not to learn, Through this book I learned a lot about me and those around me.


    What about Karen White’s performance did you like?

    The narrator voice, her tone and her inflection were so soothing to me.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    To dare greatly.This book will help me to be aware when I am employing stalling mechanisms of fear and, hopefully, I will dare greatly with love, gentleness and kindness.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly enjoyed this book, I plan to listen to it again.

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    Desiree SOUTHFIELD, MI, United States 04-27-14
    Desiree SOUTHFIELD, MI, United States 04-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderfully insightful"
    Where does Daring Greatly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best audio book I have listened to, but I think part of that is because of the content.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that this had real life examples and short chapters


    Did Karen White do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes but there weren't too many characters that needed different intonations.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I liked listening to a chapter and then stopping to reflect on what the lesson was.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 04-23-14
    Susan 04-23-14
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    "Nourishment for the soul"
    Would you listen to Daring Greatly again? Why?

    I listen to Daring Greatly whenever I am on a road trip, rotating with other worthy titles - a worthwhile set of reminders.


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

    Brene Brown - most definitely. Karen's voice grew on me a little, however I kept wishing it was Brene.

    It must be hard for Karen to read all the negative reviews, but you have to get that it isn't as personal as it must seem. I just listened to the sample for "The Gifts of Imperfection," and I wouldn't choose that narrator either <3


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried in various sections.


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    Single Dad 04-17-14
    Single Dad 04-17-14
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    "WOW - what else can you say to 15 million views?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this book to the World. Life changer - but better than that, SOCIETY changer. This book is about being who you are - because it's ENOUGH. I love it.


    What other book might you compare Daring Greatly to and why?

    There is nothing to compare it to. Lesser books are The True Measure of a Man, by Richard Simmons and perhaps Wild at Heart.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was, but 8 hours, are you kidding, I wasn't flying to Australia this time.


    Any additional comments?

    Just buy it! It will answer a lot of questions, put a smile on your face, and make the clouds go away.

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    Ernest Modarelli 04-10-14 Member Since 2007
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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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