The Book Bag Pick #9: “Daring Greatly”

This Week’s Pick:Daring Greatly” by Brené Brown

Book Bagger: Liz Fusco

Why did you pick this book?

Because it looked good!

Give us a quick plot summary:

This book was a pleasant surprise. It explains that having the courage to be vulnerable can transform the way we live, love, parent and lead. It has encouraged me to be more daring and engaged, to trust my instincts, and to try things that come with inherent risk of failure but also the possibility of great success.

Here is an excerpt:

“Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it’s understanding the necessity of both; it’s engaging. It’s being all in. …. Vulnerability is not weakness, and the uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure we face every day are not optional. Our only choice is a question of engagement. Our willingness to own and engage with our vulnerability determines the depth of our courage and the clarity of our purpose.

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. We must walk into the arena, whatever it may be – a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation – with courage and the willingness to engage. Rather than sitting on the sidelines and hurling judgment and advice, we must dare to show up and let ourselves be seen. This is vulnerability. This is daring greatly.”