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Your Super Awesome Life Book Club: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

by Ashley on November 1, 2012 · 18 comments

It’s probably extremely obvious that I’m a huge Brene Brown fan. I mean, I’ve mentioned her in my last two blog posts. Hello! I was first introduced to her work a few years ago and since then, I’ve read two of her books and spent countless hours applying her research and life-changing knowledge to my own life. She’s basically who I want to be when I grow up. She’s that awesome.

When I heard her speak last week, I knew I needed to read her new book, Daring Greatly, ASAP. So I started thinking about ways that I could get the most out of this book, while also using it to help you get the most of out of your life.

Light bulb moment…

We need a book club!

My idea is this…

Each month we’ll pick a new book and choose a date to host our book club meeting. Then we’ll get together on Google Hangout with the beverage of out choice (Pinot Grigio for me!) and share our thoughts and insights about the book. Sounds super fun, right?!

Here are the details:

What?: A super awesome fun book club discussing Brene Brown’s book, Daring Greatly

When?: Monday, November 19th 6 pm Pacific/8 pm Central/ 9 pm Eastern

Where?: Google Hangout (aka: a magical video chat from the comfort of your own home!)

For this book we’ll chat about these questions:

1. What drives our fear of being vulnerable?

2. How are we protecting ourselves from vulnerability?

3. What price are we paying when we shut down and disengage?

4. How do we own and engage with vulnerability so we can start transforming the way we live, love, parent, and lead?

(Plus any other insights or stories you’d like to share.)

Want to know more about the book? Here’s what Brene Brown has to say about it:

“The phrase Daring Greatly is from Theodore Roosevelt’s speech,Citizenship in a Republic. This is the passage that made the speech famous:

“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 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 . . .”

The first time I read this quote, I thought, “This is vulnerability. Everything I’ve learned from over a decade of research on vulnerability has taught me this exact lesson. 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.”

Want in?

If you want to join the fun, just leave a comment letting me know that you’re interested and you’re good to go! Then grab a copy of Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly. You’ll want to finish reading it by Monday, November 19th since that’s the night our party!

I’m so excited about this and I hope it will be an awesome way for us to connect to read a book together that will help us all live our own super awesome lives. Woot!

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Sara November 1, 2012 at 7:45 am

I thought the same thing… and created a virtual book club last month! We’re still looking for new members. :)


Erin November 1, 2012 at 9:07 am

Wow. This is exactly what I need to read right now, it’s UNCANNY. I’m often in class on Monday nights, so will have to see how that shakes out the week of Thanksgiving, but I just bought the book on my Kindle. :)

Ummmm, full disclosure, I’m 33. But I’ve been reading about your adventures since before you moved back to TX and I think you are super awesome. (Aptly named site!) Anywho, even though I already stumbled through my 20s, I’m still working on authenticity and vulnerability. Especially vulnerability. Hence why I simply must read this book… hope I get to join in the discussion on Nov 19th!


Ashley November 5, 2012 at 7:39 pm

If you don’t have class that week, we’d love to have you! :)


Cindy November 1, 2012 at 10:42 am

I am very interested in the book club! Great idea!


Ashley November 5, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Awesome! Can’t wait to “meet” you!


Tara November 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I’m in!


Ashley November 5, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Yay! It’s going to be so much fun!


Melody November 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Yeah! I’m in!


Ashley November 5, 2012 at 7:41 pm

So excited! :)


Tanya November 4, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I would love to join you for this, thanks! I would also love to steal your idea and do a group discussion around Daring Greatly with a group of people as well. Thank you for the inspiration!


ameena November 5, 2012 at 11:31 am

ah yes, i have been looking for the perfect book club to join.

this is exactly what i have been looking for! count me in. :)


Ashley November 5, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Yay! So glad you’re in! :)


Tanya November 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Hi Ashley,
I hope I didn’t make you nervous with my comment about “stealing” your idea. I actually got the idea originally from Brene’s website and her read-along group (which I follow). I’ll simply be using her Reader’s Guide for Daring Greatly for my book discussion. I just wanted to let you know that I totally support your own group and would love to join you if that’s okay. Part of my life purpose is to encourage other women and coaches who want to help people live more fulfilled lives. :D


Ashley November 5, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Not at all! I love that you want to start your own book club too! I’m all about sharing the love! :)


suki November 8, 2012 at 11:47 am

Love it! Unfortunately I have an appointment that evening, so I might miss the book club / GoogleChat party. :(


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