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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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    Amy 02-08-15
    Amy 02-08-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Dare to listen!"

    If you are a parent, had a parent, have a parent, are an employee, have an employee, have friends or just want to understand yourself better, read this book.

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    Dr Canada 01-27-15
    Dr Canada 01-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Straightforward, earnest, and compassionate"

    Listen and learn about yourself and the struggles of your fellow humans. I wept tears of self-compassion and understanding more than once.

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    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 01-22-15
    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 01-22-15 Member Since 2014

    I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.

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    "Great book - not so great narrator."

    This is an awesome book, but Brene should really read it. There is something about Karen White's voice that grates on your nerves. She has almost a whiney lilt to her voice. No matter which of Brene's books you read, you will get the same message and the stories are very similar. If you don't read this one, read one of them!

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    Dr. Cooper 01-21-15
    Dr. Cooper 01-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "You'll want to read it again"

    It took me about three hours of listening to determine the book wasn't being read by a computer generated voice. But the content was incredible, and applies to you, and every career or relationship you'll ever have. If you're questioning whether this book is right for you or relevant to what you're going through, the answer is yes.

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    Xenia Waterloo, ON, Canada 01-21-15
    Xenia Waterloo, ON, Canada 01-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Brene Brown's books are always great"

    I've gotten most of the Brene Brown learning materials I can get and it's all awesome and all on the same points of wholeheartedness, vulnerability, shame, leading ourselves, loving our friends and family, and (in this book more than any others) leading others. I would start with her two TED talks free online. Men, Women, and Worthiness also on audible and Sounds True is a good next good overview. Dating Greatly is her fullest book and covers everything I got out of both The Gifts of Imperfection and I Thought It Was Just Me. It's long but it's all good content and it's all high quality material. There's content here for everyone. I do wish Brene read this one too. It feels stronger coming from her with her intonations on all the personal stories as well. Overall, loved it and expect that I will come back to it a few times like I did with Gifts of Imperfection.

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    Chickers65 01-11-15
    Chickers65 01-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A must read/listen!!"

    One of the best books I have listened to, so applicable to daily life and interactions with others. This book came onto my life when I had to do something vulnerable. It was perfect timing.

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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
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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
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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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