Dare to Be Kind: How Extraordinary Compassion Can Transform Our World

Dare to Be Kind: How Extraordinary Compassion Can Transform Our World

Dare to Be Kind: How Extraordinary Compassion Can Transform Our World

Dare to Be Kind: How Extraordinary Compassion Can Transform Our World


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Motivational speaker Lizzie Velasquez shows us how we can learn self-acceptance, and in doing so, we create a more compassionate world for everyone.​ 

Born with a rare genetic condition, Lizzie Velasquez always knew she was different, but it wasn't until she was older that she understood what that meant to herself and others.

In this daring, inspirational book, Lizzie reveals the hidden forces that give rise to self-doubt and empowers us to unlock empathy and kindness for ourselves and others. Through her own battles with anxiety and depression she demonstrates how we can overcome obstacles and move forward with greater positivity and hope.

Dare to Be Kind offers the path to self-acceptance, love, and tolerance, and provides a framework for living with confidence and resilience, and ultimately, forging a radically compassionate world.

"Sometimes we are met with overwhelming challenges that knock us off our feet-but [Lizzie has] been able to embody the power of hope and compassion in everything [she does]."—Michelle Obama

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316272469
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 03/13/2018
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 719,532
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Lizzie Velasquez is an internationally renowned motivational speaker with over half a million YouTube subscribers. She was also an executive producer of the documentary based on her life, A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The B-Word 1

1 Kindness Begins at Home 9

2 Hurt People Hurt People 19

3 Building Resilience 28

4 Are They or Aren't They? 37

5 How Do You Define Yourself? 53

6 The Myth of Positivity 66

7 Breakdown or Breakthrough! 81

8 How a Dog Named Ollie Saved My Life 98

9 The Knowing 103

10 Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover 113

11 The Cape Comes Off 126

12 The Truth About Strength 135

13 Faith, God, the Universe, and Weird Miracles 145

14 The Right Kind of Selfish 161

15 It's Up to Us 167

16 This Is My Lottery 177

Conclusion: Dare to Be Kind: A Call to Action 188

Acknowledgments 191

What People are Saying About This

author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do - Amy Morin

"Lizzie Velasquez's courage and compassion shine through as she shares her inspirational journey. No matter what challenges you face in life, Dare to Be Kind can help you find the strength to overcome them."

Co-Founder of Handel Group and author of Maybe It's You: Cut the Crap, Face Your Fears, Love Your Life - Lauren Zander

"Lizzie Velasquez is proof that the only way to make a dream happen is to believe in it. No matter what anyone says—especially the voice in your own head. She dares us to be kind to each other, love ourselves, and become the cheerleader in our own life's story."

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