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It took me ages to get beyond these first few pages, once I realized that I was so resistant to the topic everything changed. It's well written, worth reading and if you are not as slow as me and a better listener you will probably,'get it' sooner. It's a topic that being open and curious about can transform your life. I really thought I knew it already! Well worth reading.
It’s taking me a ridiculous amount of time to read as I’m going back over stuff, highlighting, writing questions to myself in the margin, reading bits out to friends and clients! For goodness sake I may not finish it til Xmas at this rate. Lots of good, thought provoking ideas and ideals. I’m loving it.
This is the book I would hope everyone would read. It's wonderful and hugely important. For many of us, this is a new perspective about vulnerability, assertiveness around our needs and boundaries. Brene makes you think. She's never patronising or sentimental - she's accessible and challenging in a good way. For everyone who wants to love, be in a relationship, and have meaningful connection whether that's with family, work colleagues, friends or a partner - and finds that a little bit difficult.
I was recommended this book by someone I'm looking to work with and while I really enjoyed it, I didn't get any big aha moments...until the chapter on parenting at the end. Now I'm not a parent but when Brown opened with "are you the adult that you want your child to grow up to be?" it stopped me in my tracks. I could see this applying everywhere in my life - as a coach, as a consultant, as a client, as a boss, as a friend, as a daughter. That one chapter shifted Daring Greatly to being a keep-on-the-bookshelf read. 5-stars.
What a book! Excellent read, challenging truths and relatable stories. I can't stop encouraging others to read Brene Brown's research on vulnerability and shame. I don't often re-read books but this is one I know I will dip back into again and again. The paperback version started to look worn quite quickly but maybe that's because I carried it with me everywhere I went!
I love Brene, I really do. But once you’ve read one book or heard a talk, you’ve pretty much got the message of what she’s about and you’re not really getting anything new by investing in another of her books. If this is your first time reading Brene’s work there will likely be a few ‘lightbulb’ moments; she makes a lot of sense and clearly knows what she’s talking about. If you’ve already read some of her work previously, you may find a lot this content to be repetitive.
After seeing Brene's truly wonderful Ted talk, I was really looking forward to this book and to understanding more about what is clearly a very important subject. But I ended up if anything less clear about it. I guess the problem is mine as so many people love the book. I still think she is doing wonderful work, but I was glad to finish the book which left me muddled and dissatisfied, less clear about the difference between shame and guilt and why it matters. This is not a judgement on her work: in fact it is because I am so convinced of its importance that I was so disappointed to find the book failed to engage me.
Excellent book, very thought provoking. I particularly liked the chapters on men and on parenting in relation to vulnerability. I had originally borrowed this book from our library and found it so useful, I wanted to own a copy for reference and re-reading. I aim to incorporate the author's ideas into my work with children and their families.