To Dare Greatly

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Usually I read a business or personal development book in a few days. I started reading Brene Brown's Daring Greatly about a month ago. It took so long because it's just that good. I would read a page and have such an emotional reaction to it and then have to wait and try to figure out what that actually meant. It's a fabulous book for anyone wanting to be the best version of themselves and incredibly impossible to outline in a blog post. I would recommend getting your own copy and hopefully it can mean as much to you as it did to me. Mine is filled with underlined sections, asterisks and notes in the sides. It's made me think about how I treat myself, how I operate with others in business, how I parent and especially how I was parented.

It won me over from the opening cover when it quoted my favourite speech from Theodore Roosevelt about daring greatly. I imagine it can mean a lot of different things to any individual, bit these were a few of my key take aways:

"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." 

"We love seeing openness in other people, but we're afraid to let them see it in us."

"Most of us are willing good at giving help, but when it comes to vulnerability, we need to ask for help too."

"Nothing has transformed my life more than realising that it's a waste of time to evaluate my worthiness by weighing the reaction of the people in the stands."

"We are a culture of people who've bought into the idea that if we stay busy enough, the truth of our lives won't catch up with." 

"If we want our children to love and accept who they are, our job is to love and accept who we are."

So much more that can't be described in quote form but takes pages of explanation. Pick up the book at www.brenebrown.com.

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