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

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Winner of the 2012 Books for a Better Life Award for Motivational

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In film, television, and battle sagas, we crave stories of fearless superheroes, but the heroes we value most are those who grapple not only with their enemies, but with their own vulnerability. This welcome new book explains why honestly accepting our limitations can enhance every aspect of our lives.

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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. Agent: Jo-Lynne Worley, Worley Shoemaker Literary Management. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
Brown (Univ. of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, 2010, etc.) exposes and challenges some of the common myths surrounding vulnerability. After more than a decade of research and hundreds of interviews, the author presents her findings on the concepts of shame, weakness and vulnerability. Defining vulnerability "as exposure, uncertainty, and emotional risk," the author maintains that this feeling is the crux of most of our meaningful experiences. Ultimately, she writes, it is not a weakness; everyone is vulnerable, we all need support via friends and family. Trust and vulnerability go hand in hand. Brown believes it is essential to expose oneself to a wide range of feelings in order to combat shame, break down the walls of perfectionism and stop the act of disengagement that separates many from themselves and others. By accepting her directives, readers will be engaged, gain a sense of courage and learn how to create meaningful connections with their children or fellow workers. "Rather than sitting on the sidelines and hurling judgment and advice," she writes, "we must dare to show up and let ourselves be seen. This is vulnerability. This is daring greatly." When we choose to dare greatly, the rewards are vast: We feel more loved and are more loving, we feel worthy of that love, we choose our path and commit to it with daily practice, and we live with courage, engagement and a clear sense of purpose. A straightforward approach to revamping one's life from an expert on vulnerability.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592407330
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 17
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Brené Brown, Ph.D., 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.

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Table of Contents

What it Means to Dare Greatly xii

Introduction: My Adventures in the Arena 4

Chapter 1 Scarcity: Looking Inside our Culture of "Never Enough" 18

Chapter 2 Debunking the Vulnerability Myths 32

Chapter 3 Understanding and Combating Shame 58

Chapter 4 The Vulnerability Armory 112

Chapter 5 Mind the Gap: Cultivating Change and Closing the Disengagement Divide 172

Chapter 6 Disruptive Engagement: Daring to Rehumanize Education and Work 184

Chapter 7 Wholehearted Parenting: Daring to be the Adults we Want Our Children to Be 214

Final Thoughts 247

Appendix-Trust in Emergence: Grounded Theory and My Research Process 251

Practicing Gratitude 261

Notes And References 265

Index 277

About the Author 289

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Thoughtful and Engaging

    Daring Greatly presents a strong case for making one's self more vulnerable, which the author would define as showing up and letting one's self be seen--being the man in the arena from the Teddy Roosevelt speech from which the book takes its name. Brown's writing style is knowledgeable, but straightforward, just like her TED talks. Just like those talks, this book gives the reader a lot of terrific things to think about: the relationship between vulnerability and trust, the importance of boundaries and how they can exist with vulnerability and trust, how perfectionism and vulnerability are at cross purposes, and how being vulnerable is a path to connection. The author acknowledges that caring about what others think, but not letting their thoughts define us and being open to feedback, but unwilling to subject ourselves to criticism, is tricky in the balance. She offers a number of ways to help strike that balance more often than not. The book is a call to be vulnerable--as uncomfortable as that may be--but also an exploration of what is gained by daring greatly, and how to try.

    18 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    NOOK Sample doesn't show you the book!!!

    I was excited to check this out ... but Nook sample is 13 pages - all of which is CIP and title page type data. Would love to actually see some of the book's content! I've heard good things about her work!

    16 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Great book of encouraging thoughts. Taking emotional risks isn't always easy and yet learining to let go pushes you through to the next stage in your life. This book puts life into perspective to help you deal with "whatever". Life comes together than falls apart over and over again. Let there be room for all this to happen.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Not great

    I wasn't even able to finish this book as it seemed to go on and on about nothing. When my book club met we found that none of us were able to finsh the book as we all had the same experience.

    6 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Love this book.

    I saw Brene Brown on the Katie Couric TV show and I was so excited by what she said that I had to buy the book. I'm learning so much about myself and it is very helpful to thinking through how to be braver by being vulnerable. I would recommend it to my friends.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Great book!

    Great book!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    Awesome

    Brene Brown is awesome! A must read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    great read

    very informative and self healing

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Great Book!

    It was easy to read and very thought provoking. I am a mental health counselor and also personally struggle with anxiety issues. I've already used some of her illustrations with my clients and recommended her book to them. It is also helping me personally as I venture out into a new business. Worth the money - great buy!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Some sample

    Sample allowed 13 pages all reviews. No content.

    3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Great insight for living life wholeheartedly

    Loved the book and how it applies to so many aspects of life from business to parenting. I am recommending it and Dr. Brown on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday to everyone I know. This has been a blessing during a difficult time in my life!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Great

    Great Book!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lots of self modivation gets you realy thinking about life and how it could be and not how it should be.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    This book was recommended by another author, whose book I loved!

    This book was recommended by another author, whose book I loved! The first few chapters were really difficult to get into and I almost stopped reading it. However, I hate not finishing what I start so I pushed ahead. I am so glad I did! This book truly was life altering for me. The author dives deep into allowing ourselves to be vulnerable and accept we are not perfect. Some of the book is a little tedious to read, hence 4 stars instead of 5. The real-life examples really hooked me, though. Enjoy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

    I got this for my wife but she wasn't interest so I read it myse

    I got this for my wife but she wasn't interest so I read it myself. It has good advise for both sexes in it. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Great Book

    Shame free living!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    This is a very thoughtful and informative book. The author write

    This is a very thoughtful and informative book. The author writes with a clear, authorative voice. The book gives the read a lot to think about in terms of embacing our limitations.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Great

    This will bring you a better understanding of vulnerability and shame and how to see it in your life and how to work with it. I was able to understand so much more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Highly Recommended!

    This book is engaging and very helpful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    I want to give a copy to everyone I know!

    I can't thank my friend enough for sending me the link to Brene's TedxHouston talk last year. Her book is just as genuine, honest, authentic, and, yes, courageous. I am reading it through and plan to re-read it with a highlighter in my hand! There is so much in the book that resonates with me. There is so much dead-on information here that I can use with my clients. I feel like I have discovered a long-lost friend I never knew I had!

    Martha Moore (In the Arena!)
    (Pen Name option doesn't work - had to post as Anonymous)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    This books is inspirational and eye opening. I would definitely

    This books is inspirational and eye opening. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that is looking to improve their relationships and more importantly, the way we treat ourselves. It really opens your eyes to how insidious shame is and how important it is to be open and vulnerable, Brené Brown seems very down to earth and easy to relate to. She opens up and shares her own vulnerabilities and shares the stories of a variety of people. Each story gives you a new perspective on shame and makes it much easier to identify in your own life. Sometimes it comes off as overly sweet, but I like to think that when you're really connected to someone, it *is* that sweet.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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