Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

Daring Greatly

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 b...


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TitleDaring Greatly
ISBN9781592407330
Author
Release DateSep 11th, 2012
PublisherAvery
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages287 pages
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Psychology, Personal Development, Parenting
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Reviews Daring Greatly

  • Cecily
    2013-02-19
    This book came highly recommended by seemingly the entire internet, and the concept was one I'm VERY familiar with. I'd watched a couple of Brene Brown's TED talks and I was impressed with the topic of her research and with how long and how thoroughly she's been researching. Oh yeah, and I also remembered that I am the most sewn up and invulnerable control freak that I know. It's been something I'm aware of, and I wasn't always this way. But I kn...
  • Timm DiStefano
    2012-12-22
    "For me, and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is "I didn't get enough sleep." The next one is "I don't have enough time." Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it. We spend most of the hours and the days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don't have enough of... Before we even sit up in bed, before our feet tou...
  • Andy
    2013-06-17
    Teddy Roosevelt is spinning in his grave if he can hear how his famous quote about "daring greatly" has been turned into sappy psychobabble. The main theme of the book is "shame." To the author, this is a fundamentally bad thing, even though she acknowledges that shameless people are sociopaths. She also makes the claim that shame has never been shown to be helpful. Actually, there is research suggesting that shame-based societies have less crime...
  • Jane
    2013-06-16
    I usually don't bother writing reviews for books I can't finish. And usually I give the book a fair chance -- say, at least 100 pages -- before giving up. Some books I even read all the way to the end before wishing I could just get my time back.In this case, I read an interview with the author in O Magazine, and the interview was so interesting that I immediately requested this book from the library. Well, once the book arrived, I quickly discov...
  • Brenda
    2017-03-01
    Daring Greatly was not what I expected it to be instead it gave me a very different outlook to vulnerability and a new understanding of what it means to engage with our vulnerability, understand how shame and shaming others affects us, how to combat shame, and being vulnerable for the sake of making real connections with people. Not only has it helped me understand my vulnerability but understand other people’s vulnerability and understand scar...
  • Alice Gold
    2012-09-24
    Do you want to change the world?Do you want to have more powerful interpersonal relationships?Do you want to explore into your own soul to make sense of your life?Do you want to live whole-hearted?Do you want to rid yourself from shame?Do you want to understand men and women better?Do you want to give your heart a hug?I thought I would do something different this time and give you a list of questions for this book review. This book is so jam-pack...
  • Robyn
    2012-11-18
    This book was recommended on a blog that I follow by a person whose thinking somewhat mirrors mine. She recommended it in a big way, so I was anxious to read it. And I'm feeling odd about not giving it a higher rating, because I think it probably deserves one. I'm giving it three stars not because I have issues with the content (exactly) or with the writing, but because the subject matter is old hat to me.Ms. Brown is fairly well known as a speak...
  • Kelly
    2013-03-10
    The premise of this book rocked, and I was very interested in learning more about how to be more vulnerable and dare to do more things. However, the book was written completely in generalities. I need to hear the details of your research, the way you helped clients overcome their problems with vulnerability, facts, and stories. I need concrete advice and concrete science. Couldn't finish this fluffy-ass book.
  • Sarah Nicole
    2012-09-30
    Daring Greatly is dense with information on how to combat shame and become vulnerable, authentic, and courageous - not just in romantic relationships, but at work and with your children as well. I have always struggled with vulnerability, but Brown makes a very convincing case as to why it is so important - we can't live fully and wholeheartedly without it. I look forward to implementing some of her strategies, and I am sure that I will be revisi...
  • Theresa
    2013-03-22
    Brene Brown is fabulous, and I’m so happy I finally got to read this book. I started reading one of her other books, one that was more specifically about her research around shame, and it wasn’t what I needed to be reading then. This, though, was what I needed. She still talks a lot about shame and about fear, and it’s in ways that are relevant for me in my day-to-day life and my work. One of my favorite parts is her discussion of how over-...
  • Liz
    2013-06-25
    Okay so this author uses Harry Potter, fellow TED favorite Ken Robinson, Top Gun, Teddy Roosevelt, John Gottman, and even The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin... How could I not like this book with all those references to items I like? Yet, she bases this book around solid research and combines together her own personal stories in the right moments to demonstrate her thesis.Daring greatly... A phrase she has used from Roosevelt.... She writes,...
  • Thomas
    2014-02-19
    I picked up Daring Greatly after watching Brene Brown's amazing TED Talk on the power of vulnerability. I find it fascinating that someone can conduct research centered on human topics such as shame, vulnerability, connection, and happiness. When I first entered college I possessed the notion that research was something done with test tubes and beakers in the back of a laboratory, but Brown's work shows that in-depth research can apply to anyone,...
  • Gwen
    2014-05-05
    I really, really, really wanted to like this book. It came so highly recommended, and it started off so well. The first chapter was spectacular--I found myself nodding along to just about everything: feeling vulnerable, a culture of scarcity, the new economy, etc. This book was speaking to me. My fears, my anxieties, my worries. And I hoped Brown would be the person to help guide me through it all.But no.The book promptly went downhill--and fast....
  • Christy Cole
    2013-07-22
    This was a great book - one of the better books of this type that I've read. There were some really great thoughts that will change me. Even with all the analysis and tools, I still struggle with how to actually make vulnerability happen in my own life. Some of my favorite quotes from the book: “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 cr...
  • Tima
    2012-09-19
    Every single day we face the decision to be vulnerable or dare greatly. Brown uses the book as a medium to explain how we can take shame and vulnerability and exchange them for meaning and purpose in our lives. There aren't really any step-by-step instructions so much as a thought process that needs to be changed in the way we think and approach circumstances.The book is going to really fly off the shelves for those who have a need for change in ...
  • Gail
    2012-09-21
    I did it again with this book: I pretty much dog-earred every other page! Something I'm working on in 2016 is scaling back with this technique, especially when I have a tendency to abuse it. But dang it all if Brene's insights weren't so great in this (my first read of hers) that I couldn't help myself. I'll share some of my favorites below, but overall a few thoughts:1) Brene's writing grew on me--I've read enough about her to know she feels her...
  • Dominic
    2012-11-25
    I feel like it was beautiful serendipity that I stumbled upon Daring Greatly. After reading an interview with Brené Brown someone had posted on Facebook and then finally watching her TED talks on vulnerability and shame (another colleague had recommended TED.com to me a couple years ago, and I'm just now getting on that beautiful train), I knew I had to get my hands on this book. Three days later I carried the book in my hand. Three days after t...
  • Stephanie
    2012-10-18
    Wow, what a book! The title comes from an amazing quote by Theodore Roosevelt encouraging us all to give things our best shot("...the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena..who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again...who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly...") The basic thesis is that in order to live our best ...
  • Chrissy
    2013-07-14
    I was almost resolved not to read this because I first learned about it from an Oprah magazine interview. The fact that the author is a shame and vulnerability researcher weren't selling points because it sounded like it would be a self help book that would provoke so many uncomfortable feelings inside. Want to feel vulnerable? Want to feel shame? Not really, not today.But once I chose to read it, I saw that the author was pointing to a broader d...
  • Charity
    2013-06-03
    I'm torn about the value of this book. I have been a Brene Brown fan for quite some time as an online course I teach for another university requires students to watch her TED talk on vulnerability. It has moved me on several levels. My favorite quote is that vulnerability is the birthplace of joy. This book dives deeper into the issues behind vulnerability, namely shame and guilt. Hence, the book is actually quite difficult to read. It's a bit da...
  • Julie Ekkers
    2012-10-28
    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 gave me a lot of terrific things to think about: the relationship between vulnerabi...
  • Darcy
    2014-10-05
    I loved this. It's going on the "reread when you need to be fortified/inspired/emboldened" shelf. Also, I don't have kids but I thought the chapter on parenting was just great. Note to self: reread that when you do have a kid. Many thanks to my childhood BFF for recommending.
  • Melody Warnick
    2017-01-25
    I didn’t want to read this because I thought, “Shame and vulnerability aren't really issues for me." HAHAHAHAHAHA.
  • Rachel Smalter Hall
    2013-02-01
    If you're already familiar with Brené Brown's popular TED talk, Daring Greatly follows much in the same vein.I wasn't familiar with her work, and expected this book to contain practical insights into creativity, innovation, and risk-taking. But instead it remained wholly in the territory of Brown's academic research on shame and vulnerability.Brown's work is interesting, but not at all what I'd intended to read. With a giant pile of TBR books wa...
  • Jazzmin Hunter
    2014-12-14
    There wouldn't be much left if all the sappy autobiographical stuff was removed. The audiobook reader is irritating too. Imagine a breathy voice saying something like "Once again I amazed myself at how amazing I am in spite of all my humility and vulnerability." and it would pretty much sum up my impression of this book.
  • Laura
    2014-10-10
    I love love love this book and want to re - read it. I want to give it to all of my friends and family members because I truly feel like daring greatly will change our lives, our families, and our communities in such a powerful way. Brene Brown is amazing and I am so grateful for her research and that she wrote this book. SO good!
  • Violinknitter
    2013-03-08
    All the stars!!! If I could give six, or seven, or ten stars, I would. I'm planning on re-reading this book many times, because her insight into wholehearted living, vulnerability, & shame vs. guilt is so powerful. Lots of insight for how I want to teach my students, as well.
  • Rudy Tyburczy
    2016-09-21
    Everyone who breathes air should read this book. It can -- not will -- change your life, but that's mostly on you. Anyways, read. Brown is super great and smart and puts in work. Love it.
  • Lisa Nelson
    2014-12-18
    3.5This was a terrific book with interesting personal examples that helped give context to some of the theories in the book. My biggest problem is that I'm not a big fan of self-help books in general. I feel like I can get the gist of what is going on in an article on the topic or a Ted Talk, and unfortunately I end up getting bored. I am torn though because I know I would end up missing a lot of really great stuff, so I am still glad I read the ...