Last Updated on May 17, 2022 by Thalia
Daring Greatly was the first book I ever read by Brené Brown.
And it has opened me up to a world of vulnerability and embracing my authenticity.
Here’s everything I’ve learnt and gained from Daring Greatly by Brené Brown.
Table of Contents
- A love letter to Brené Brown
- The lowdown on Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
- The inspiration behind Daring Greatly
- My thoughts
A love letter to Brené Brown
I am a huge fan of Brené.
Although she is someone who I’ve only just discovered in the past few months, I have already gained so much valuable insight and guidance from her.
Brené is raw, honest and talks openly about vulnerability, shame and human connection. And she is not afraid of saying what’s on her mind, getting things wrong and learning to grow.
Something that I find is lacking from other female role models in my life.
She literally blows my mind with what she writes and says, and I’ve been devouring everything of hers ever since discovering her.
From the numerous podcasts she’s appeared as a guest on to the ones she hosts: Unlocking Us and Dare To Lead, as well as religiously watching her Ted Talk and replaying The Call To Courage on Netflix.
And I haven’t even got on to her books yet!
Gosh, if it sounds like I have a bit of a girl crush on Brené, it’s because I do.
And if you’re not familiar with Brené Brown, she is an American professor and researcher who has spent her life’s work researching vulnerability, shame, courage and empathy.
I really suggest checking both her and her resources out after reading this blog post.
“Vulnerability is the core, the heart, the centre, of meaningful human experiences.”Brené Brown | Daring Greatly
The lowdown on Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
It is the culmination of 12 years worth of research on vulnerability. Brené includes some of this research in the book as well as events from her life with her family.
Brené challenges our perceptions of what we think vulnerability is, breaks that down and offers us a new way to see vulnerability.
She encourages us to embrace our imperfections and to have the courage to be vulnerable as this transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead.
Like with anything Brené puts out into the world, this book is powerful, it’s emotional, it challenges you to think, and it gets uncomfortable.
There’s not too much else to say other than, it’s just a brilliant book!
“What we know matters, but who we are matters more. Being rather than knowing requires showing up and letting ourselves be seen. It requires us to dare greatly, to be vulnerable. The first step of that journey is understanding where we are, what we’re up against and where we need to go.”Brené Brown | Daring Greatly
The inspiration behind Daring Greatly
The name of the book, Daring Greatly comes from a famous speech Theodore Roosevelt gave in 1910.
Brené resonated with this quote as she says it perfectly summarised her research into why we find being vulnerable such a hard thing to do.
“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 errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”Theodore Roosevelt
There were a lot of aha moments for me while I was reading this book where I said to myself “wow, is she reading my mind? This is literally how I deal with things.”
Brené has a way of making you feel less alone.
She mentions perfectionism throughout the book and talks about how we hide our flaws by putting up a persona armoury.
She says our vulnerability can also lead to anxiety and a load of different emotions – and it’s about being aware of that and learning how to handle it so we don’t feel shame in opening up and engaging on a vulnerable level.
I honestly can’t recommend this book enough and it needs to be at the top of your TBR pile.
Let’s all dare greatly together.
Until next week,
♡ Thalia xxx
Let me leave you with this one last quote
“Daring greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where scarcity and shame dominate and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. It’s even a little dangerous at times.”Brené Brown | Daring Greatly
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