Book Review: Daring Greatly

Daring Greatly coverBrené Brown walks her talk. As researcher, she has delved deeply into the difficult topics of vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame. As a public speaker, her TED Talk, “The Power of Vulnerability” is #4 on the list of the 5 most viewed TED presentations of all time. And, as an author, she has the prestigious honor of having two books achieve the coveted #1position on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Daring Greatly” is one of those books. This is a book about the courage to become vulnerable in a culture that promotes the idea that we’re not good enough; that there is always someone better than us. It’s about the crippling effects that shame has on our willingness to become vulnerable. And it’s about the armor we create to protect ourselves for the shame that often comes with vulnerability.

Her words touch places within us that can make readers feel uncomfortable. And that’s the point. It takes courage to live what she calls a “Wholehearted life,” filled with engagement, purpose and authenticity. And so, the good news is that acknowledgement and healing follow discomfort. When we understand our responses to triggers, it diffuses them. When we understand these concepts, we can see the vulnerability in others and it changes the way we respond to them. And then we can begin to live our lives from a place of “Wholeheartedness.”

Daring Greatly” dares us to be the parents we want our children to be. Children learn more from the example we set. By living “Wholeheartedly” we will raise our children to live “Wholeheartedly” too. It’s a gift we give not only our children, but the world as well.

The suggestions for living presented by Brené Brown in “Daring Greatly” are simplistic, yet profound, eye-opening and life-changing. You cannot read this book quickly. And you probably won’t read it just once. And in all likelihood, you will notice yourself beginning to live more courageously, authentically and wholeheartedly.

Reviewer Recommendation: Daring Greatly is about living your life fully. It’s about living from the inside out. If you want more for your own life and more for your children’s lives, then grab your courage and open this book. You won’t regret it.

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