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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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book so much that I have bought the hard copy after reading it on my kindle. I need to highlight so many parts and go back over it, I needed it in my hand! Read morePublished 20 days ago by stepless
More about her than counselling therapeutic ways.. Wouldn't buyPublished 1 month ago by Mr. David Lambert
I can't recommend this book enough. Read it and you'll see why.
I'm reading all her books and very much looking forward to moving on to the next one.
I loved Brene's writing style, and real life examples of explaining how vulnerability affects day to day life and how courage and showing up are actions to live by. Read morePublished 2 months ago by aman sangha