Daring Greatly-Book Review
I recently received Daring Greatly written by Dr. Brene’ Brown from BlogHer Book club and coming from a Counseling background I thought it would be a great read. It is not written so much as a self Help book but more on the academic one in my opinion. At times as I was reading late at night I felt like I was back in grad school.
With that said, I thought I would share the great reviews from other media as it may just have been the best book for me at the time. Getting back into school schedules etc it is hard to concentrate on anything else serious.
Here is the overview of the book from Amazon:
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.
She starts her book out with inspiration from this 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
So back to my book review: the basic premise of the book is that a fear of being vulnerable, yes as adults we still have these moments, such as: fear of getting hurt, of not fitting in, of failing, of not being perfect, of being criticized, of messing up our children. Don’t all parents feel this way and will we ever know the outcome before they are adults? Dr Brown suggests these fears in fact interfere with our creativity and productivity in life. In her book she believes that allowing oneself to be vulnerable actually requires great courage and then in turn you will be rewarded. By no means is this an easy task but teaching it to children at a young age will benefit them in the long run.
She is currently hosting a read along on her blog to get a more one on one approach to this. I think that is what I need to do and by rereading it this time I will treat the book more of a academic read instead of a guide. You can check her blog and read along out here. Also follow along and see what other BlogHer Book reviewers are saying by stopping by HERE.
- If you are interested in following Brene on social media she has a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/brenebrown) and a Twitter account (Twitter). She’s also on tour this fall. Check and see if she’s coming close to you! http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Events/EventSearchProc/1,,sapid_1000068782,00.html
This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own
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