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Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead Hardcover – 7 Feb 2013

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  • Hardcover: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Penguin; 1 edition (7 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592407331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592407330
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.6 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 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)

About the Author

Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. An award-winning 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 a PBS special. www.brenebrown.com


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I really wanted to like this book. I watched Brene's famous TED talks. I think her ideas are brilliant and important, and I wanted to know more. But I found this book to be badly structured and not particularly well written. There are many repetitions, and same points being reiterated over and over again. There is a much greater emphasis on explaining why this problem is so bad, than on suggesting solutions and ways forward.

Brene is a very effective and polished speaker - she obviously had some training on how to do that well. I wish she had bothered to do the same with her writing - or perhaps that that her editors were more ruthless. I love her ideas but am disappointed with the way this book delivers them.
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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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Remarkable book! Remarkable research! Transformative if you can learn to apply what she says to your everyday life. That will require conscious effort and determination. Brene is truly inspirational! Probably one of the best books I have ever read.
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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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I found this book really helpful. It has made me feel better about being self critical, and never quite being on top of things, professionally and personally! It has given sound advice on being authentic to who I am, and believing that is a fine way to be in life - and that this is enough!
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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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This is an amazing life changing book. Brene Brown captures attention through her authentic telling of her own story about coming to terms with shame. I use this book in my coaching practice and I've even bought additional copies for my coaching clients. It is a powerful and unsettling book that creates a mirror for the reader. Some of my clients can't read past page 8 without feeling overwhelmed by the reality of the message for them personally. Shame and it's corollary of needing to be in control all of the time are so common, but so destructime. They both feed the sense of resistance that Steven Pressfield talked about in the War of Art. It is amazing to me that we have to learn to be vulnerable in the 21st Century if we want to get the most from our lives. I would recommend this book to every school, to inform pupils and staff and help build their shame resilience.
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