A review by Cassius Mogoeng


The word ‘vulnerability’ and Brené Brown are undoubtedly synonymous. Emotions that were once attributed to being weak such as being sad, angry, or loving, have turned out to be the key factors to personal growth and progressive life.

In Daring Greatly, Brown addresses the misconceptions that have long being held about vulnerability. Following over 10 years of social research which included intimate and astonishing discussions with various individuals, she takes her readers through her discovery about the concepts of shame, weakness, and vulnerability.

At inception, Brené starts by explaining why she chose the title of this important book. The phrase Daring Greatly is from Theodore Roosevelt’s historic speech entitled “Citizenship in a Republic”, which was delivered at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, in April 1910. The author maintains that the speech defines vulnerability perfectly. Ultimately, she writes that “vulnerability is not a weakness, and the uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure we face every day are not optional”. 

She further explains that by engaging with vulnerability, one eventually develops courage and sense of purpose.  Brené stresses that “rather than sitting on the sidelines and hurling judgment and advice, we must dare to show up and let ourselves be seen”.

Daring Greatly is a well-timed book, it is a survival manual for this current age of constant pressure which is also saturated by the life of facade and competition mostly consumed through social media. 

It is easy to navigate and it appeals to a myriad of readers. Readers who have already read Daring Greatly are not the same anymore, one thing for sure is that they have improved their lives for the better. Lastly, despite having completed the book, one can confidently assert that it has retained its prominent place on their bedside table. 

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