‘Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead’ by Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW

Daring GreatlystarstarstarstarstarThis is a powerful and important book. In a simple, straightforward anecdotal style (she calls herself a storyteller), Brené Brown Ph.D. LMSW, shares findings from twelve years of pioneering research on the experience of the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable. Her findings were surprising, even to herself. Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is our most accurate measure of courage.

Vulnerability is at the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, but also the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity. The sub-title of this book says it all. By taking the courage to be vulnerable we can transform the way we live, love, parent and lead. Daring greatly by ‘putting ourselves out there’, is essential to wholehearted living and a sense of self worth. But it can be risky, messy and uncomfortable at first. In her TED talks, Brown shares the personal struggles she had to endure, as she grappled with the truth in her research findings. What she discovered is that by acknowledging fear and by having the courage to be vulnerable, we unleash our creativity and become able to share the unique gifts and contributions that only we can make.

She has written a few other books which also look good, although I have not read them. Here is a link to two 20 minute TED talk videos which would serve to introduce or supplement the message of her book. The link is part of her website where you can also see the titles of her other works.

TED Talks by Brené Brown

3 responses to “‘Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead’ by Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW

  1. You know Mom, I realized as I looked at this more closely that I have heard of Brown. I listened to her TED talk a while back in Korea and really appreciated what she had to say and show with her research. It was really good. Hopefully I’ll get my hands on the book at some point…:)

  2. I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the page layout of your blog?

    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of
    content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1
    or two images. Maybe you could space it out better?

    • Thanks so much for taking the time to give me feedback. I will keep your comments in mind as I proceed. I do try to intersperse other images and you tube clips when appropriate, but have done less of that lately. Your suggestions remind me that I need to do that more, and perhaps a ‘make-over’ would be a good idea too! Watch this space! 🙂

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