Book Club: Daring Greatly

In this post-graduation, job hunting stage of my life, I’ve finally found some time to read.

For some time now I’ve been trying to read Daring Greatly by Dr. Brené Brown.

 

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As soon as I opened the book and read the first section, “What it Means to Dare Greatly,” I knew it was going to be a good one.

The title Daring Greatly comes from Theodore Roosevelt’s speech “Citizenship in a Republic.”

“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 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 errs, who comes short again and again,

because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;

who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…”

 

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Today I read chapter 2, “Debunking the Vulnerability Myths.”

Myth #1: Vulnerability is weakness

Myth #2: I don’t do vulnerability

Myth #3: Vulnerability is letting it all hang out

Myth #4: We can go it alone

How many times have we told a friend one of these lies, if not all of them?

The fact is, being vulnerable isn’t being weak. It’s being really strong and brave and it’s impossible for us to fully live if we aren’t vulnerable at times.

When we find people who will treat our honesty with care, an open mind, and love, we can begin cultivating relationships that allow us to be who we truly are.

This is one of the steps to wholehearted living.

 

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I’m excited to read the rest of this book and I encourage you to join me!

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity.”

Won’t you dare greatly with me?

– Alisha

 

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