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Review of Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly

By Isabelle Scott

Brené Brown is a renowned Ph.D. researcher who is known for her studies and writing, particularly on shame and vulnerability. In her book, Daring Greatly, Brown shares the research and conclusions she has come to through both her personal and academic explorations. Brown also offers valuable information and recommendations for incorporating vulnerability into one’s life—sharing this transformative gift and how it changes the way one can “live, love, parent, and lead.” Brené Brown’s writing is informative and intellectual while remaining fresh, personal, and engaging. Touching on a wide range of sides to vulnerability, Brown uses her research to explain how vulnerability is a prerequisite for some of the most significant and beautiful parts of life, especially in its essential role in creating and maintaining meaningful connections with people.

Brown begins and ends her book with this powerful quote from Theodore Roosevelt: 

“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 best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…”

Daring Greatly is an enlightening book that teaches one how the courageous choice of being vulnerable can completely transform one’s life and relationships.

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