Thursday, September 20, 2012

Daring Greatly-A BlogHer Book Club Review

**This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club, but all thoughts and opinions are always my own.*

Brene Brown's new book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead  challenges it's readers to open up to our own vulnerability and to embrace that it is not weakness, but rather a pathway to greater connections with our loved ones and our careers that would not be possible otherwise.  The title of the book comes from famous Roosevelt quote:

 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

Brown writes with a passion that is inspiring. She opens up throughout the book  with personal stories and research based findings to show that we all struggle with shame, and that the biggest mistake we can make is to bury that shame, to hide behind our secrets and to not allow ourselves to be vulnerable to those around us.

I have never read any sort of self help book and wasn't sure I would enjoy this one, but this book never took on any kind of preachy 'you are doing it all wrong and let me list how to fix you' feeling.  Which... I don't know, is that how normal self help books are?  This book reads like good advice.  It reads like something that is logical, but that we all need to be reminded of.  We are all normal.  It is okay that we feel the way we feel, but we need to talk about it.  We need to be open and honest.  We need to be vulnerable.  That will help us to be the best version of ourselves.

We will be discussing Daring Greatly over the next several weeks with BlogHer.  Come join the conversation!

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