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Now on Netflix as The Call to Courage

Every time we are introduced to someone new, try to be creative, or start a difficult conversation, we take a risk. We feel uncertain and exposed. We feel vulnerable. Most of us try to fight those feelings - we strive to appear perfect.

In a powerful new vision Dr Brené Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability, and dispels the widely accepted myth that it's a weakness. She argues that, in truth, vulnerability is strength and when we shut ourselves off from vulnerability - from revealing our true selves - we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.

Daring Greatly is the culmination of 12 years of groundbreaking social research, across every area of our lives including home, relationships, work and parenting. It is an invitation to be courageous; to show up and let ourselves be seen, even when there are no guarantees.

This is vulnerability. This is daring greatly.

©2013 Brené Brown (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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If you're struggling, read this book!

I read this book after it was recommended to me by my boss shortly after breaking down in front of him. This is a really inspiring book to understand how being vulnerable can be positive, and shouldn't be something you're afraid of. Brené narrates the story with great passion.

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This hits home!

I absolutely loved Brené Brown reading her book Daring Greatly! Why? Because it spoke directly into my heart and mind giving me the tools to live a braver life. I am no pussy cat by any stretch of the imagination but this book together with Rising Strong has transformed my way of thinking and being (I was going to say acting, but it’s not an act anymore) for the better. As I implement the principles from these books on a day to day basis my life feels richer and I feel like I’m becoming a truer version on myself. Thank God for Brené Brown!

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Actually life changing!

I listened to 2/3 of this book, loved it so much I started it again, then bought the hard copy too! (Maybe a bit overkill...) It has absolutely changed the way I think about myself and my relationships with pretty much everyone in my life. I can't recommend it enough!!

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Thank you for helping me to dare myself!

A wonderful insight in understanding really raw moments of weakness and failures in life.
This book and the Netflix show about this book really gave me courage at times when doors were slammed in my face!
It gave me courage to continue, to move forward by taking the next step when broken, regardless of what happened and to perceive the situation more positively and to be wholeheartedly brave!
Also this is a book that parents must reflect upon.
Thank you Brene!

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Author is too focused on herself

Author complains about narcissism and how people are too focused on themselves. However, she talks mostly about herself, achievements and her YouTube ted talk sensation. 3 chapters in and couldn’t not bear listening to the recurring “me” and “I”. This isn’t about you Brené!

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Loved the Ted Talk , loathed the book

Absolutely loved Brené Brown’s Ted Talk and looked forward to more of the same from the audible book. What a disappointment. I get what she’s trying to say about shame and vulnerability but this just seemed to be lots of spurious facts and figures about how shame is the new Oedipus complex mixed with mundane anecdotes from her life. Combined with Brown’s nasalised twang and the compulsory inclusion of the ‘s’ word at least once in every sentence, I found the book almost unlistenable to. I just had to give up.
If you want to read a book that might really help give you a new perspective on life, give this a miss and try Edith Eger’s ‘The Choice’. Eger’s book is an example of how to write an intelligent and completely engaging psychology self-help book.

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amazingly engaging and inciteful

brilliant book worth every penny. love the research being so down to earth and useful for everyday life

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A therapy session in a book

so digestible! and helped me through a tough period of grieving.
would recommend to everyone

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Brilliant

Brilliant analysis of what it is to be vulnerable, and the difficulties we all have in doing so. A book I will continue to revisit.

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Loved it. Applicable the everyone.

Loved it all. Very relatable. Great life lessons to be learned for steering you on a road to greatness, living your best life

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  • 26-06-19

Read it!

Yes read it, think about it and live it. You can only be better, live better from investing your time here.

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  • Ms. Kirsty L. Collins
  • 29-05-19

A great comfort

This book is a great comfort and tool to help me survive going deaf. It has given me words that help explain and understand what I'm dealing with every day in a hearing world in my sudden unwanted isolation a loss of quality of life.

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  • Vlad GURDIGA
  • 25-06-21

Addresses painfully important issues

My favourite section is about parenting because it can prevent a bunch of the issues that we have at the education and society culture level. Although at times can get a bit too dramatic in tone for my taste — the subject is dramatic in and of itself — it’s still well worth a read/listen or three.

This ending quote left me hopeful: “Who we are and how we engage with the world are much stronger predictors of how our children will do than what we know about parenting.”

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  • shannagen
  • 15-06-21

Thought provoking..

It took me a while to grasp fully the concept of #Vulnerability. To me, this book is insanely thought-provoking. I'm convinced #Vulnerability is a much-needed value we need to embrace more than ever when we are bombarded every single day with pandemic uncertainties.

I struggle with my own vulnerability and its time to 'daring greatly'...

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  • Greta Louise Knight
  • 15-05-21

So powerful

I loved this book. It really struck me deeply. At times I was in tears while listening to it.Sometimes in public while running even. It was an unexpected gem and hit me at a very emotional level. I particularly paid attention to the section on wholehearted parenting. Very good eye opening relatable examples. I like Brene’s hard arse language at times combined with her compassion.
I think I will listen to this book again. It seems I have more shame to work through than I realised and I need to shift it. Thanks for writing this book and for all your research!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-03-21

I am very very Grateful

Thank you for writing this, daring greatly, Brene. You and your work has played a vital role in the way I think, work and play. Thank you Thank you Thank you.

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  • Kaone
  • 14-03-21

A must read.

Phew. I cried a few times. I had several Aha moments. Moments I was relieved to have a well detailed explanation of why I have acted or felt certain ways. Some topics I though "nah, not relevant to me" only to find that it is absolutely relevant, this book will force you to introspect, but with compassion. I wish I had read it sooner. So thankful for Brené for sharing her work with us.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-21

Excellent Read

I find the authors work incredibly relatable. I love Dr B Browns work. I am now officially hooked and I reading all her books. my 3rd read is Gifts of imperfection.

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  • Stuart Fairbairns
  • 16-12-20

Powerful content, passionately shared.

Brene is a researcher meaning that all of her work is, well, researched and corroberated by great deals of evidence. Brene is quite obviously passionate about her work on vulnerability diving into topocs such as love, belonging, connection, living whole heartedly providing great insight and advice for business leaders, teachers and parents. This is a solid manifesto that should be in the library shelves of any person wishing to be the most they can be in life, for themselves and for others. Are you ready to dare greatly? Either way, this book is for you. "Right on dude", great work Brene, I am now off to dare greatly in my life!

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  • Sandy
  • 11-12-20

life changing, powerful, generous, beautiful.

loved that Brene Brown narrated, accessible, important research, insight and wisdom. Wonderful book, thank you!