by Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW
Daring Greatly is the book chosen to accompany the Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa theme for March 2017
How the Courage to Be Vulnerable
Transforms the Way
We Live, Love, Parent and Lead
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, Dr. Brené Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.
In a world where "never enough" dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive, uncomfortable, even a little dangerous sometimes. Without question, putting ourselves out there invites a far greater risk of being criticized or feeling hurt. But Brené Brown explains that when we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives, and that nothing is as dangerous, uncomfortable, 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. Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful new vision for letting ourselves be seen.
"If you'd like to set your course on being more courageous and connected, engaged and resilient, leave the GPS at home. Daring Greatly is all the navigation you'll need."
—Maria Shriver, author of Just Who Will You Be?
"Daring Greatly" is an important book—a timely warning about the danger of pursuing certainty and control over all. Brené Brown offers all of us a valuable guide to the real reward of vulnerability: greater courage."
—Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Her 2010 TEDxHouston talk, on the power of vulnerability, is one of the most watched talks on TED.com. She is the author of The Gifts of Imperfection, I Thought It Was Just Me, and Rising Strong. Brené lives in Houston with her husband, Steve, and their two children.