Book Review: Daring Greatly
I would like to say I have long been a fan of Brene Brown, but frankly she has only been on my radar for the last two years or so, since that first fateful Ted Talk that went viral. I read The Gifts of Imperfection and when I heard she would be signing her newest book, Daring Greatly, at the Tattered Cover in Denver, I was on hand to receive my autographed copy.
My husband and I have been reading Daring Greatly together and though it has taken us a bit longer to make our way through it, the experience for both of us has been tremendous. On the inside cover, among other things, Brown says:
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, or hurtful as standing on the outside 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.
One of the many things I love about the book Daring Greatly is that it is based on twelve years of research. Another is that Dr. Brown’s style is comfortable, natural, and assessable. She normalizes the topics vulnerability and shame in such a way that my husband and I were able to talk about our own special gremlins, that is the self-limiting belief or fear that hold us back from being as big and bold as we might like. She also gives direction (based on her research at University of Houston) that leads to empathy and healing or the steps to shame-resilience.
If you see yourself as part of the solution to creating work, schools, families, and communities that are committed to empowering vs. disempowering others, then this book is for you.