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)
I would recommend everyone to read this book in book form rather than audible. Please do a different reading by the author. Brene has such a great personality! This reader was like listening to a computerized voice. So hard to listen to.
I'm not used to reading beyond entertainment, and yet I was happy to continue to read through this book. the content was not too peachy, pedantic, not patronizing. it was inspiring and offered a handful of wonderful lenses, through which I hope to review myself. I expect I will re read this next year and remind myself....
Seeking the answers to tough questions, Brene reveals how courage, compassion, and empathy can free us to be our best selves. For us. For our families. For all we know. Thank you a Brene.
I have purchased 15 copies of this book to give to others as a gift I have such an extraordinary appreciation for the wisdom contained within it.
Brene Brown is a saint, and you would be will advised to listen to and/or read her words. Your life will be better for it.
Encouraging, inspiring, and applicable
I prefer Brené Brown reading her own books.
That if I dare greatly I am going to fail sometimes and it might be painful but that's ok. It is far worse to never try.
Karen White tried but seemed almost bored reading it.
The content is rich and worth thinking about. It is written eloquently and succinct, and yet I, believe it is relatable to anyone who is open to listening. I would recommend the audio version to anyone and everyone.
And the narration was great, too!
I love everything by Brene, and in theory, love this book, but the narration is so painful I can barely get through this. Is it a real person? It sometimes sounds like a robot who is completely unsure of themselves, if robots can be unsure of themselves. I truly wish I could get my money back for this.
Here is a exposition on life. How and when to confront shame and vulnerability in my opinion the greatest compliment to success and failure, without which the box we are waiting to be rescued from becomes more and more coffin like.
Not crazy about the performance of the reader, however she did a completely satisfactory job representing the material.
Regarding the content, this book describes the nature of accepting whatever challenges come your way while giving you concrete steps to take if you want to engage your own life. Summing it all up – this book held the key I needed to understand how to engage my life and why there is no other option for me. It may not hold the key that you need but there's definitely a key here.
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