Daring Greatly
Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.

“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 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. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts.

In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown’s many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth—and trust—in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.

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  • Tima
    Jul 2, 2016


    Every single day we face the decision to be vulnerable or dare greatly. Brown uses the book as a medium to explain how we can take shame and vulnerability and exchange them for meaning and purpose in our lives. There aren't really any step-by-step instructions so much as a thought proc...

  • Andy
    Mar 2, 2016


    Teddy Roosevelt is spinning in his grave if he can hear how his famous quote about "daring greatly" has been turned into sappy psychobabble. The main theme of the book is "shame." To the author, this is a fundamentally bad thing, even though she acknowledges that shameless people are s...

  • Gail
    Feb 11, 2016


    I did it again with this book: I pretty much dog-earred every other page! Something I'm working on in 2016 is scaling back with this technique, especially when I have a tendency to abuse it. But dang it all if Brene's insights weren't so great in this (my first read of hers) that I cou...

  • Emily Burns
    Sep 29, 2015

    Emily Burns

    Very few books actually change the innerworkings of my brain. This one did. Highly recommend. :) ...

  • Violinknitter
    May 22, 2015


    All the stars!!! If I could give six, or seven, or ten stars, I would. I'm planning on re-reading this book many times, because her insight into wholehearted living, vulnerability, & shame vs. guilt is so powerful. Lots of insight for how I want to teach my students, as well. ...

  • Klelly
    Apr 28, 2015


    this is a therapy book i rented from the library in geneva ny while visiting ben. and it contained some encouraging advice and reminders. i wanted this book to involve a critique of social systems and institutional oppression. it kind of read like a scrap book of quotes, ted talk refer...

  • Darcy
    Mar 19, 2015


    I loved this. It's going on the "reread when you need to be fortified/inspired/emboldened" shelf. Also, I don't have kids but I thought the chapter on parenting was just great. Note to self: reread that when you do have a kid. Many thanks to my childhood BFF for recommending. ...

  • Lisa Nelson
    Dec 30, 2014

    Lisa Nelson

    3.5This was a terrific book with interesting personal examples that helped give context to some of the theories in the book. My biggest problem is that I'm not a big fan of self-help books in general. I feel like I can get the gist of what is going on in an article on the topic or a Te...

  • Laura
    Oct 21, 2014


    I love love love this book and want to re - read it. I want to give it to all of my friends and family members because I truly feel like daring greatly will change our lives, our families, and our communities in such a powerful way. Brene Brown is amazing and I am so grateful for her r...

  • Thomas
    Jun 6, 2014


    I picked up Daring Greatly after watching Brene Brown's amazing TED Talk on the power of vulnerability. I find it fascinating that someone can conduct research centered on human topics such as shame, vulnerability, connection, and happiness. When I first entered college I possessed the...