Life is full of uncertainty and risks, and every day we expose ourselves emotionally, financially, and physically to potential danger. In a word, we are vulnerable. And sometimes that stops us from taking chances.
Today though, we are taking a chance and sharing a book with you different from our previous book reviews. Because while this book is not about money, it is a book that can significantly affect your financial life by what it can teach you about life and relationships.
In her New York Times Bestseller, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, Dr.Brené Brown challenges everything one might think they know about vulnerability.
After twelve years of research on the subject of shame and vulnerability, Brown claims it is not weakness. Instead, she argues being vulnerable is a sign of strength and our best path to courage, meaningful connection, and engagement with others.
When we spend our lives waiting until we’re perfect or bulletproof before we walk into the arena, we ultimately sacrifice relationships and opportunities that may not be recoverable, we squander our precious time, and we turn our backs on our gifts, those unique contributions that only we can make. Perfect and bulletproof are seductive, but they don’t exist in the human experience.” ~ Brené Brown
If you’ve ever stifled a thought or action for fear of being wrong, looking stupid or feeling ashamed, this book is for you. It can help you move forward in life by helping you find the courage to be your genuine self. And when you ‘dare greatly’ you lead and grow in ways you might not otherwise as a result of holding yourself back due to fear.
If you are ready to make great change in your life and transform, we think you’ll find this book a valuable resource.
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
Daring Greatly is a book that’s also entertaining as well as insightful. With Brown sharing anecdotes and stories from her own life to illustrate her research and findings, she provides you fodder for discussions about courage, love, relationships, leadership, risk-taking and more with people in your life.
Nothing has transformed my life more than realizing that it’s a waste of time to evaluate my worthiness by weighing the reaction of the people in the stands.” ~ Brené Brown
Brown’s famous talk at TEDxHouston in 2010 (34+ million views)
Whether you are looking for the courage to apply for a promotion, ask someone to help you with your finances, tell a friend you love them, or ask for a raise, reading Daring Greatly‘ may be all the encouragement you need.
Be courageous. Be honest. Be ambitious. Be vulnerable. Dare greatly.