Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead
The #1 New York Times bestseller. 1 million copies sold
From thought leader Bren Brown, a transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability.
"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 the 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. Based on twelve years of pioneering research, Bren Brown PhD, LMSW, dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.
Brown explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity. She writes: "When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives."
Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It's about courage. In a world where "never enough" dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It's even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there's a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena--whether it's a new relationship, an important meeting, the creative process, or a difficult family conversation. Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful new vision for letting ourselves be seen.
A wonderful book: urgent, essential and fun to read. I couldn't put it down, and it continues to resonate with me' -- Seth Godin, author of Linchpin
It's thought-provoking stuff --Stella Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph
Brene writes with wisdom, wit, candor and a deep sense of humanity. You should read this book. I double dare you -- Sir Ken Robinson
The brilliantly insightful Brene draws upon extensive research and personal experience to explore the paradoxes of courage. I can't stop thinking about this book -- Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
In an age of constant pressure to conform and pretend, Daring Greatly offers a compelling alternative. Dare to read this book! -- Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup
The world needs more guides like her who are showing us a wiser way to our inner world. Daring Greatly is all the navigation you'll need -- Maria Shriver
Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Her groundbreaking work was featured on Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Sunday, NPR, and CNN. Her TED talk is one of the most watched TED talks of all time. Brene is also the author of The Gifts of Imperfection and I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't).