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  • Audio CD: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (11 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470814757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470814755
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
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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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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). --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Irvine on 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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By blubell roux on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V M Maguire on 3 Nov. 2014
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The book is a very hard slog. Some occasional very good points are made, but finding them amongst all the self back patting and padding out of the author is tedious. For example she uses a full 2 pages of the book as a forum to defend herself as to why she said the well known phrase " not room to swing a cat" at a conference. The irony being- this part of the book was about narcissism !!
A great cover design and title, but beyond that just use the phrase " Go for it" and you'll feel great !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cristian on 1 July 2014
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While the author does make some interesting points, it's hard to find them unders tons and tons of redundant and meaningless words and anecdotes.

I stopped reading half way, it gets seriously tedious and uninteresting after a while. Like many others have said, all the points in the book could have been summed in 50 pages or less.

Save yourself some money and time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann Hall on 26 Oct. 2013
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I rarely take the time to write book reviews but this is worth it. With her easy style of writing Brene Brown challenges us to open ourselves up and be vulnerable. One of the premises she works from is that you're not really learning unless you are feeling uncomfortable. According to that way of thinking, I learned a lot. Without any sense of judgment or condemnation she cuts right through the fluff to the heart of the matter. At times I felt exposed and challenged. But every time I was inspired to step up and make changes in how I do things. I hope I can. But I will always remember that in order to DARE GREATLY, FAILURE MUST ALWAYS BE AN OPTION.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Penny Fray on 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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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jan Hoglund on 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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