How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
The #1 New York Times bestseller. More than 2 million copies sold!
Look for Brené Brown’s new podcast, Dare to Lead, as well as her ongoing podcast Unlocking Us!
From thought leader Brené Brown, a transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability.
“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 the 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. Based on twelve years of pioneering research, Brené Brown PhD, MSW, dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.
Brown explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity. She writes: “When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.”
Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena—whether it’s a new relationship, an important meeting, the creative process, or a difficult family conversation. Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful new vision for letting ourselves be seen.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Combining the weight of an analytical essay with the intimate tone of a chat with a friend, Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly explores complex ideas with charm and wit. Brown—who is best known for her viral TED Talk on the power of vulnerability—walks us through her eye-opening research in vivid detail. She never shies away from revealing personal details about how the era of #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, and nonstop political turmoil inspired her own quest for openness. Direct, insightful, and surprisingly fun, Daring Greatly made us look at our own relationships, at home and work, with fresh eyes.
Brown (The Gifts of Imperfection) examines vulnerability and imperfection in her latest, which takes its title from Theodore Roosevelt's speech "Citizenship in a Republic." Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, is the first to admit that vulnerability makes her uncomfortable, but posits that daring to fail is the only true way to be wholeheartedly engaged in any aspect of life. "Experiencing vulnerability isn't a choice the only choice we have is how we're going to respond when we are confronted with uncertainty, risk and emotional disclosure," she says. Laying out a roadmap for change, the author includes chapters on eliminating blame and shame from work and education, and daring to be the adults we want our children to be. At the same time, she explores what drives people to feel vulnerable and how to address common coping mechanisms in what she calls the "Vulnerability Armory." But the core of her message is understanding the difference between guilt and shame, and developing "shame resistance." Brown's theories complete with personal and not always flattering examples from her own life will draw readers in and have them considering what steps they would dare to take if shame and fear were not present.
Awesome book! I have never been able to identify with so many aspects of a book then apply them to my life. At home, at work and parenting. It has reminded me of my uniqueness and encouraged me to step outside the norm in our culture.
What we all need to hear. I recommend this to everyone. As a woman, a parent, a human being navigating this world. I needed to read this. I will continue to re-read this. Thank you.
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This book is totally locked. Do not buy.
The point of books is to share knowledge, and i usually like to highlight sentence, take notes and share them to others so they either learn something new or want to buy the book after.
Not with those guys: so greedy that nothing is allowed for sharing. Unbelievable, those people really don't understand why people like to read.