By Brené Brown
“The credit belongs to the man . . . who at least fails while daring greatly.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston College of Social Work and has spent the last thirteen years researching vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Her TED Talk, “The Power of Vulnerability,” is one of the five most-viewed talks in the world. She is also an active public speaker, reaching out to communities, schools, and civic organizations.
In Daring Greatly, Brown works to dispel the myth that vulnerability equals weakness and she shows how vulnerability is the true measure of courage. Throughout the book, Brown argues that “The Arena” of modern society showers the individual with feelings of “Never Enough” which may cause one to put up barriers and lose their vulnerability. For example, instead of cultivating an authentic self, one may worry too much about what others think; instead being compassionate toward oneself, one may get lost in perfectionism; or, instead of cultivating intuition and faith, one obsesses with certainty and control.
Brown provides a down-to-earth discussion with stories on how to understand what vulnerability is, how to understand courage and how to let go of shame. She also provides guideposts on how to reconnect with others in the context of family life, education, and work relationships.
Through Daring Greatly, Brené Brown has thoroughly researched a dark topic, stripped it of any pretense, encouraged discussion, and promoted a wholehearted approach to life.
Brown’s latest book, Rising Strong, was released in August 2015.
Reviewed by Lisa Newman