Daring Greatly

Daring Greatly

How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Book - 2012 | 1st ed.
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Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.

"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 day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts.

In Daring Greatly , Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown's many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth--and trust--in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.
Publisher: New York, NY : Gotham Books, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781592407330
Branch Call Number: 158.1
Characteristics: 287 p. ; 22 cm.


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Oct 13, 2018

This book is a great read if you're just entering in the field of understanding what it means to open yourself to wanted or unwanted criticism in life. It provides you the knowledge and backing science behind engaging the idea of being comfortable with the unkown emotions and thoughs involved with communicating what some people would consider intimate ideas or socially constrained feelings and thoughts.

Overall I thought it's a great read although I thought it was quite wordy at times. There are long drawn out stories which are related to the topic but don't necessarily provide a lesson or improve the concept in any way other than to provide an example.

Aug 02, 2016

I initially listened to the recording, but then decided I had better read a printed copy since there were so many great lines and quotes I wanted to jot down to save....and then eventually i just bought the book :-)

JCLBeckyC Jul 21, 2015

I love the message of this book--that vulnerability is not a sign of weakness, and that our culture needs to embrace it courageously--but the chapters are too long and redundant for my taste. If you're a huge Brene Brown fan, you'll probably want to read this entire book. If you just want the gist of her message, I recommend watching Brown's TedTalk videos and reading the first and last chapter of this book, as I did.

Jan 15, 2015

I love this book, clear, concise and honest about being vulnerable in all areas of our lives. Brene shares her own stories, and wisdom to say how being open to vulnerability can change our lives in positive ways.

JCLChrisK Aug 26, 2014

Perhaps not the most captivating writing ever, but full of wisdom. Decent as literature; essential as message. It's okay to be human. We all are, after all. Accept it, go with it, be it.

Nov 24, 2013

It's hard to give this book anything less then "Outstanding". Brene is covering difficult ground here, and is standing beside you the entire time, sweating out vulnerability as you do the same. Her research is impeccable and stands on its own, but Brene breaks it down for us "non-academics" so we can use this information in our daily lives. Thought provoking and life changing...

kleen Oct 16, 2013

excellent..listened to the cds' . book would be good somethime to read.

Mar 19, 2013

There are a few books that are life changers... This is one of them... I now head to an online bookstore and buy multiple copies for family and friends.


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Mar 05, 2016

If I had to choose the form of betrayal that emerged most frequently from my research and that was the most dangerous in terms of corroding the trust connection, I would say disengagement.

When the people we love or with whom we have a deep connection stop caring, stop paying attention, stop investing, and stop fighting for the relationship, trust begins to slip away and hurt starts seeping in. Disengagement triggers shame and our greatest fears -- the fears of being abandoned, unworthy, and unlovable. What can make this covert betrayal so much more dangerous than something like a lie or an affair is that we can't point to the source of our pain -- there's no event, no obvious evidence of brokenness. It can feel crazy-making. (p52)

Mar 05, 2016

And often the result of daring greatly isn't a victory march as much as it is a quiet sense of freedom mixed with a little battle fatigue (p43).


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Jul 20, 2015

Self-help book by author and researcher Brene Brown based on years of study about connectedness, wholeheartedness and vulnerability. Expands upon the TED Talk "The Power of Vulnerability." A transforming read.


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