Daring Greatly

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“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”

The title, Daring Greatly, is from Theodore Roosevelt’s famous speech, “Citizen in a Republic.” Considering the focus of this book is on the courage to live vulnerably, the title’s source is hugely appropriate.

“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 errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; 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, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

A friend introduced my wife and I to Brené Brown via her, The Power of Vulnerability: Teaching on Authenticity, Connection, and Courage” audio series. As you might have guessed, Brené Brown is a researcher from the University of Houston, researching topics like Vulnerability, Courage, Shame, Authenticity, Connection, Mindfulness, etc.

Her research and studies on vulnerability are a spotlight to exposing the destructiveness of shame that can be found hidden in our lives. Embracing vulnerability and living vulnerable takes courage and thus, is daring greatly.

Brown’s book is an important book for not just personal growth, but in dealing with others. Not only does it expose the hidden shame in our own lives, but helps you recognize it hidden in others’ lives.

One hand, Daring Greatly is a fun and insightful read because of Brown’s writing style and humor, on the other, recognizing and facing shame in your own life is not a fun experience. Actually, it is quite the opposite and sobering.

However, exposing and facing the darkness of shame is the quickest way to understanding and, hopefully, changing behavior. And that points us to freedom. Daring Greatly is all about living with freedom. Brené Brown believes living vulnerable is to live free.

“Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it’s understanding the necessity of both; it’s engaging. It’s being all in.”

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

Originally published: 2012

Genres: Self-Help | Personal Transformation

Purchase: Amazon Books


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