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**Now on Netflix as The Call to Courage**

'She's so good, Brené Brown, at finding the language to articulate collective feeling' Dolly Alderton

Every time we are faced with change, no matter how great or small, we also face risk. We feel uncertain and exposed. We feel vulnerable. Most of us try to fight those feelings - or feel guilt for feeling them in the first place.

In a powerful new vision Dr Brené Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability, and dispels the widely accepted myth that it's a weakness. She argues that, in truth, vulnerability is strength and when we shut ourselves off from vulnerability - from revealing our true selves - we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.

Daring Greatly is the culmination of 12 years of groundbreaking social research, across every area of our lives including home, relationships, work, and parenting. It is an invitation to be courageous; to show up and let ourselves be seen, even when there are no guarantees.

This is vulnerability. This is daring greatly.

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Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

How to be vulnerable and embrace imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and courageously.


“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness.”



Being vulnerable is not a sign of weakness

Being vulnerable is not a sign of weakness

  • Vulnerability is neither good nor bad. Rather, being vulnerable simply means you have the capacity to experience emotions.
  • Though we often associate vulnerability with dark emotions, like fear, grief, or sadness, vulnerability is, in fact, also the root of our positive emotions: love, joy, empathy, and so on.
  • Allowing yourself to be vulnerable shows strength and courage – not weakness.


What being vulnerable means

Vulnerability means uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.

You might love someone, for example, and in doing so expose yourself emotionally; but you can never be certain that they'll reciprocate, thus you risk being rejected. Like any other feeling, love entails vulnerability.


Daring greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage.


Narcissism is linked to behaviors like feeling very important, needing constant praise, and lacking empathy. But what few realize is that shame causes these behaviors, not pride. Shaming narcissists more won't help them - it will likely make things worse.

Looking closely at certain behaviors is useful. But zooming out gives the full picture.

This shows the biggest influence is not narcissism, but a wider culture of scarcity. This scarcity mindset shapes how we think, act, and connect across all areas of life.


The opposite of scarcity is wholeheartedness - accepting ourselves despite uncertainty, which requires vulnerability.


Embrace Vulnerability

The book emphasizes the importance of embracing vulnerability as a source of strength and connection. It encourages readers to lean into vulnerability and be authentic in their relationships and endeavors.


Shame Resil

Brené Brown introduces the concept of shame resilience, which involves recognizing shame, challenging its power, and cultivating self-compassion. Building resilience helps individuals navigate shame and develop a healthier self-image.


The Power Of Courage

"Daring Greatly" emphasizes the role of courage in vulnerability. It encourages readers to step outside their comfort zones, take risks, and face uncertainty with bravery. Courage is seen as essential for personal growth and wholehearted living.


Vulnerability- As a way of life

Vulnerability- As a way of life

Spending our lives waiting until we're perfect to go through a situation or jump into a venture means sacrificing our relationships and opportunities that may come to our way by our own will.

By doing so,we turn our backs on our gifts, those unique contributions that only we can make.

perfect or bulletproof is illusionary and doesn't exist in the human experience.

'To dare greatly' or to make vulnerability a way of our life, we must make a decision to show up and let ourselves be seen - with courage & the willingness to engage.

It may be scary but it'll change the way we live our life.


Scarcity Culture - The problem of never-enough

Scarcity Culture - The problem of never-enough

The popularity of narcissists

what's turning so many people into narcissists?

From people showing importance of their lives on Facebook to kids preoccupied with their own selves.

Are we surrounded by narcissists?

The topic of narcissism has penetrated the social consciousness enough that most people associate it with a pattern of behaviours that include pervasive need for admiration and a lack of empathy.

What almost no one understands is its cause which is shame.


'Shame' is the real cause

'Shame' is the real cause

Looking at narcissists through the lens of vulnerability - it can be seen that shame-based fear of being ordinary is the root cause.

  • Fear of never feeling extraordinary enough to be noticed.
  • To be lovable
  • To belong
  • Or to cultivate a sense of purpose.

What everyone is calling a narcissism epidemic is actually a culture of scarcity and fear of being ordinary is a part of it where celebrity culture yardstick can be easily used to measure the smallness of our lives.


Daring Greatly

"Connection is why we're here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives. The power that connection holds in our lives was confirmed when the main concern about connection emerged as the fear of disconnection; the fear that something we have done or failed to do, something about who we are or where we come from, has made us unlovable and unworthy of connection."

Brené Brown


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