Daring Greatly : book Summary

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

Can we really afford to be vulnerable?

According to Brené Brown, the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller – Daring Greatly – the answer is ‘YES’.

You may also ask: Can I REALLY allow myself to be a target practice?

Here’s our first error: associating vulnerability with weakness. In this life-changing book (Yes. I REALLY wrote ‘life-changing’. And I mean it!), your perspective about the repercussions of human interaction will change, along with your past and present internal monolog.


“Daring greatly means finding our own path and respecting what that search looks like for other folks.

For me, it was an unnerving journey but… Hang in there! You’ll discover knowledge that’s worth it. As a side note remember that:

“The fear of being vulnerable can unleash cruelty, criticism, and cynicism in all of us.”

In brief, Brené Brown is one of those people who dares and builds her own road through dedication, curiosity, and strength. She is a research professor at the University of Houston that spent the last decade of her life studying vulnerability, shame, courage, and worthiness.

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The volumeDaring Greatly – is structured in 7 chapters which contain the results of the research conducted by Brené on the quest of daring greatly. Also, you’ll notice how the data coincides with Brown’s real life experiences.

The main idea of the volume is about daring greatly. Being vulnerable and having the courage to go right through whatever life throws at you. This way you’ll get to know yourself more. Also, you’ll gain precious awareness which will help you stand tall in the face of adversity.

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The main concepts of Daring Greatly are:

  1. Scarcity
  2. Vulnerability
  3. Shame resilience
  4. Worthiness
  5. Wholeheartedness

Are you already half-way googling them?

There’s no need. Let me introduce you to the terminology.

Scarcity means never feeling safe, certain, and sure enough. It nurtures shame, comparison, and disengagement between each and every one of us.

We’ve all been there once or twice.

Haven’t you? Well…

Just read the book and you’ll reconsider your negative response.

Vulnerability is an incentive for courage, compassion, and connection. And just keep in mind that:

“We spend enormous energy trying to dodge vulnerability when it would take far less effort to face it straight on.”

Shame resilience aims to chase away the negative experience of shame. Here are the 4 elements of this concept:

  1. Recognizing Shame and Understanding Its Triggers.
  2. Practicing Critical Awareness.
  3. Reaching Out.
  4. Speaking Shame.

Worthiness represents the state of mind of knowing that you’re enough. I think that most of us can agree that:

'Our stories of worthiness—of being enough—begin in our first families.' @BreneBrown Click To Tweet

Wholeheartedness is vulnerability and worthiness. It’s about facing exposure, uncertainty, and emotional risks. It’s about belonging without needing armors and masks. I consider it the Holy Grail of life itself.

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Are you ready to dare greatly? Are you courageous enough?

  • To be uncomfortable and to accept the discomfort as a part of growth,
  • To embrace your own vulnerability,
  • To spend less time and energy hustling for the attention of people that don’t matter,
  • To be able to listen with an open heart and an open mind,
  • To take risks and to brave uncertainty,
  • To experience compassion and connection.

These are just a couple of actionable things that can be applied in your own life.

I hope that you’re capable enough to admit your struggles and to free yourself from preconceptions, chit-chat, and other toxic elements that invade your existence.

The book Daring Greatly by Brené Brown has the power to rebuild your heart and soul. You’ll embark on a journey that comes from a standpoint of humanity and honesty which will topple your past and redesign your future.

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