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Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead [Paperback]

Brené Brown
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4 July 2013

Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision in Daring Greatly that encourages us to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly and courageously.

'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 time we are introduced to someone new, try to be creative, or start a difficult conversation, we take a risk. We feel uncertain and exposed. We feel vulnerable. Most of us try to fight those feelings - we strive to appear perfect.

Challenging everything we think we know about vulnerability, Dr. Brené Brown dispels the widely accepted myth that it's a weakness. She argues that vulnerability is in fact a strength, and when we shut ourselves off from revealing our true selves we grow distanced from the things that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.

Daring Greatly is the culmination of 12 years of groundbreaking social research, across the home, relationships, work, and parenting. It is an invitation to be courageous; to show up and let ourselves be seen, even when there are no guarantees.

This is vulnerability. This is daring greatly.

'Brilliantly insightful. I can't stop thinking about this book' -Gretchen Rubin

Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Her groundbreaking work was featured on Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Sunday, NPR, and CNN. Her TED talk is one of the most watched TED talks of all time. Brené is also the author of The Gifts of Imperfection and I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't).


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Penguin; 1st Thus edition (4 July 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0670923540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670923540
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, author of Linchpin)

It's thought-provoking stuff (Stella Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph)

Brené writes with wisdom, wit, candor and a deep sense of humanity. You should read this book. I double dare you (Sir Ken Robinson)

The brilliantly insightful Brené draws upon extensive research and personal experience to explore the paradoxes of courage. I can't stop thinking about this book (Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project)

In an age of constant pressure to conform and pretend, Daring Greatly offers a compelling alternative. Dare to read this book! (Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup)

The world needs more guides like her who are showing us a wiser way to our inner world. Daring Greatly is all the navigation you'll need (Maria Shriver)

About the Author

Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Her groundbreaking work was featured on Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Sunday, NPR, and CNN. Her TED talk is one of the most watched TED talks of all time. Brené is also the author of The Gifts of Imperfection and I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't).

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing 4 Feb 2013
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Like other readers I strongly suggest you view her TED talks - but this book is an amplification and detailed explanation of the talk - it really enhances what she's saying.
First, for those unfamiliar with Brene's work, she is a 'proper' academic, researcher, but working in the less common academic field of studying vulnerablilty and shame. Now before you decide this book isn't for you - just think about some of these things she's discovered.

As we get older, wiser and more bruised by life's events - a lot of us try to shut down our feelings of vulnerability so we don't get hurt any more. We also try to comply to society's stereotypes of our gender (these are completely different for men and women - as a woman I thought the social prssure to be thin, pretty and have a perfect home was bad - just read her research on men's straitjacket). The problem is with this, is that we numb all our feelings. So if you don't feel bad, you don't feel good either. She identifies that so many of us believe we can avoid unhappiness by forboding - who hasn't had a moment of 'everything is going well - disaster must be about to strike', rather than accepting that if bad things happen, the missing out on enjoying the preceeding good years won't help?

I'm explaining this badly - she does it really well, with honesty, vulnerability and humour. I urge you to try this book - I don't think you will regret it. It will change your perspective on life, your approach to parenting and contributes to a more joyful, less scared and angry middle-years period.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book 28 July 2013
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This book is healing, insightful, reflective, inspiring, challenging and hopeful. For those wishing to lead a more compassionate, loving and forgiving life, with teachings and practices of how to have all of the above, while also having boundaries, knowing your worth and not allowing yourself to be a door mat, this book is a pathway to such enlightenment. A must have for those seeking and walking 'the path'.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brené Brown's Daring Greatly 7 Jan 2013
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I saw her TED-talks and simply had to buy her latest book.
She is candid, thorough and funny and this is a book I shall go back to many, many times.
A very courageous woman indeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars definitely a thought provoking book 15 Aug 2013
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Daring Greatly should be a compulsory read for all teachers and Parents. Brene shows so clearly how the malaise of modern society has built up the fear and shame culture. An excellent book with so much good advice about how to improve your relationships and transform the way you live.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reminder on how to live your life. 13 Aug 2013
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I downloaded this after I read an Article in the Guardian newspaper and also watched Brene Brown deliver one of her "Ted" lectures.

This book does not disappoint. It reminds us all of how we must dare to live more bravely and speak up.....and most of all for parents....how to ensure that your children can optimise their lives without fearing vulnerability.

Excellent all round help and guidance from this inspirational lady.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dare greatly and engage fully in your life 16 Dec 2012
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Being vulnerable is not a weakness, it requires great courage. Avoiding uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure limits our lives. Fear leads to disconnection and lost opportunities. Our only choice is really to dare greatly and engage fully in our lives. It's only by showing up and letting ourselves be seen that we can make those unique contributions that only we can make.

In the book, Brené Brown explores what drives our fear of being vulnerable, how we are protecting ourselves from vulnerability, and - most importantly - how we can engage with vulnerability so that we can live our lives fully. As the book title says, this has consequences for how we live, love, parent, and lead.

Personally, I'm very interested in how the courage of being vulnerable can transform the way we lead. The most significant problems which people talked with Brené about stems from disengagement, the lack of feedback, the fear of staying relevant amid rapid change, and the need for clarity of purpose. She emphasizes the importance of taking direct action when blame and shame (bullying, public criticism & reprimands, reward systems that intentionally belittle people) is used as a management tool, because management by fear is very unproductive and totally unacceptable.

Brené provides a very well researched and important perspective on leadership, teaching, and parenting. I warmly recommend her book!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best book so far 21 Oct 2012
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My view is that this is Brene Brown's best book so far. If you are unfamiliar with her work, please go and watch her TED Talks.
Brene Brown has been on a journey, and she is both candid and engaging about that journey being about re-connecting with herself in order to connect better with those she loves.
She writes simply, and her writing has evolved as her understanding of her subject has grown.
You may find yourself deeply touched by her words. You may well find smiles and laughter at her humanity and humour.
A geat read. It will be on 2012 Xmas list as a gift to those who matter to me.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive 11 July 2013
Format:Paperback
This book starts out well and is interesting, but like so many lifestyle-changing books, it runs out of steam quickly and just repeats itself. Overall I found nothing new here - a basic bit of CBT about changing how we view ourselves and how we present to the world; accept yourself as you are and "to thine own self be true".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real and grounded
A really good read. Very inspiring. I like the fact that she's a researcher too so it never feels airy-fairy or anything like that. Feels very real and grounded.
Published 9 days ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Incredible !
Published 19 days ago by Michael Jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars I can assess all aspects of my life against Brene's fantastic research...
I will be going back to read this again and again with a view to being a parent, a wife, a manager and an artist. Read more
Published 20 days ago by VivW
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoy reading anything by Brene Brown. This book is an excellent read
Published 21 days ago by barbara mellor
5.0 out of 5 stars Dealing with shame
Fantastic book. Exceeded expectations and knocks shame into shape.
Published 25 days ago by Sarah Sidwell
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must!
This book has the potential to change your life. An absolutely brilliant read and an absolutely must for the person who is seeking to understand patterns of behaviours and how they... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Barbara Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars Watch the 20 minute Ted clip on Youtube and then you wont need to buy...
Watch the 20 minute Ted clip on Youtube and then you wont need to buy this book. Unfortunately I found out after I had bought it!
Published 28 days ago by Dave MDM
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must for everybody!
Published 1 month ago by Samantha W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply profound
This book was recommended to me and I have read every page, watched every TED talk and hope I have the courage to go forward and dare greatly.
Published 1 month ago by Christine Randall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brené Brown's work has changed my life, and will go on changing it. How's that for daring greatly?
Published 1 month ago by MR S AYLING
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