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  • How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  • Written by: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (2,239 ratings)

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Daring Greatly

Written by: Brené Brown
Narrated by: Brené Brown
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The number one New York Times best seller. One million copies sold!

From thought leader Dr. Brené Brown, a transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability. 

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; ...who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.(Theodore Roosevelt)

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly. Based on 12 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. 

Brown explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity. She writes: “When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.” 

Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. 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, and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives 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. 

Includes a Bonus PDF with an appendix.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2012 Brené Brown (P)2018 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“The brilliantly insightful Brené Brown draws upon extensive research and personal experience to explore the paradoxes of courage: we become strong by embracing vulnerability, we dare more greatly when we acknowledge our fear. I can’t stop thinking about this book.” (Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project)

"A wonderful book: urgent, essential and fun to read. I couldn't put it down, and it continues to resonate with me." (Seth Godin, author of Linchpin

"In an age of constant pressure to conform and pretend, Daring Greatly offers a compelling alternative: transform your life by being who you really are. Embrace the courage to be vulnerable. Dare to read this book!" (Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup

Editorial Review

Dare to open yourself up and tear down your walls. Vulnerability is the key to inner power. Transformative motivator Brené Brown explores what it means to be courageous in the face of perceived weaknesses in her acclaimed bestseller, Daring Greatly.

We have all been conditioned to build up our defences, protect against pain, and make ourselves stronger, tougher, harder. But what if this toughness was actually hindering us? In Daring Greatly, Brené Brown subverts conventional ideas of strength by teaching listeners to break down their walls and embrace their emotions and imperfections. Vulnerability does not make us weak. As Brown stresses, it is the key to unlocking our inner power and a true measure of courage.

We do not have to wait to be perfect, for the timing to be right, or to even be fully prepared for life. Life happens regardless, and this constant need to make ourselves stronger in order to deal with it has created a barrier between us and discovering our true selves. Drawing on her extensive research into human connection, Brown emphasises vulnerability as a way to understand our emotions, turn inward, and use our very fears to empower us.

Brené Brown narrates Daring Greatly in her signature style, with the blend of wisdom, heart, and humour that has made her such a popular speaker and podcaster. A university professor, Brown quickly became a phenomenon with her Ted Talk on the power of vulnerability, helping people worldwide connect with their own ability to be vulnerable and unleash their true selves. She now has several best-selling books, as well as a dedicated following. A personal success classic, Daring Greatly is a powerful audiobook that will inspire you to join Brené Brown’s movement and find the inner courage to embrace your imperfections and bring a deeper sense of purpose to your life.

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Loved it so much I got a tattoo =)

This book is a game changer. I was so deeply changed I decided to get a tattoo on my arm in tiny script reading "dare greatly" as a constant reminder being brave is a skill to be learned daily. Please listen to this book. #Audible1

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Transformative!

Daring greatly comes at a cost, absolutely! That cost is being seen and heard. It's showing up and being courageous and resilient. It's embracing our vulnerability so that we can experience joy and life to its fullest. None of this is easy, and yes, we will stumble along the way. But wholehearted living is more than worth it. Thank you, Brene, for this gem of a book. 💕🤗

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Transformative

As someone who has been looking to understand myself and how to be the best person I can be - there has been no author who has helped me more than Brené Brown. I have learned to enter the arena and care less about the critics. Life and relationships are hard and this book offers immense hope.

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can't get enough Brene!

Daring Greatly is simple, real, insightful but most importantly useful. Anyone could benefit from this book.

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inspiring

I wish I discovered this book much earlier. Each and every single parent should read it from chapter 7 backward (because it will hook you 10,000 % to read it again from thr beginning). enjoyed every single page.

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Helpful for understanding myself a little better; lacking in instruction

I found the book helped me understand the mental processes that happen when I feel vulnerable, and I’m certainly more aware of that now. I was expecting the book to provide more instruction on how to date greatly, so I was disappointed that it didn’t.

Brené Brown gave a fantastic performance, I can’t fault her at all.

This is a good book if you want to understand more about why you act the way you do.

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Had to review half way through

I love this book!! I'm only half way through but couldn't wait to leave a 5 star. What an amazing book, she's goes over everything in such a way that everyone can relate to, this is not one of those books that can only be understood by those filled with "love and light". This book is for everyone.

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complete amazing!!

absolutely incredible! such an inspiring read . it really opened my eyes to the world of vulnerability and gave me the knowledge I needed to be able to practice it

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Listen with your kids

Listened to this with my 18 yr old Daughter as she emabrks on her 1st year of University. Highly recommend listening with your kids, pausing and talking with them about the ideas, your experiences and theirs.

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Sound quality too poor

I bought the physical book as this Audible book sounds terrible. Echo’s, speedy, robotic make it impossible to listen too.

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