Bren Brown, PhD, LMSW, is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Foundation-Bren Brown Endowed Chair at the Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of four #1 New York Times bestsellers: Braving the Wilderness, Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection. Her fifth book, Dare to Lead, will go on sale in October 2018. Her TED talk--"The Power of Vulnerability"--is one of the top five most-viewed TED talks in the world with more than thirty-five million views. Brown lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Steve, and their children, Ellen and Charlie.
"The brilliantly insightful Bren Brown draws upon extensive
research and personal experience to explore the paradoxes of
courage: we become strong by embracing vulnerability, we dare more
greatly when we acknowledge our fear. I can't stop thinking about
--Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project "A wonderful book: urgent, essential and fun to read. I couldn't put it down, and it continues to resonate with me."
--Seth Godin, author of Linchpin "In Daring Greatly, Bren Brown refers to herself as both a mapmaker and a traveler. In my book, that makes her a guide. And I believe the world needs more guides like her who are showing us a wiser way to our inner world. If you'd like to set your course on being more courageous and connected, engaged and resilient, leave the GPS at home. Daring Greatly is all the navigation you'll need."
"Daring Greatly is an important book -- a timely warning about the danger of pursuing certainty and control above all. Bren Brown offers all of us a valuable guide to the real reward of vulnerability: Greater courage."
"What I find remarkable about this book is the unique combination of solid research and kitchen table story-telling. Bren becomes such a real person in the book that you can actually hear her voice asking, "Have you dared greatly today?" The invitation in this book is clear: We must be larger than anxiety, fear, and shame if we want to speak, act, and show up. The world needs this book and Bren 's unique blend of warmth, humor and ass-kicking makes her the perfect person to inspire us to dare greatly."
--Harriet Lerner, Ph.D.
"One of the tragic ironies of modern life is that so many people feel isolated from each other by the very feelings they have in common: including a fear of failure and a sense of not being enough. Bren Brown shines a bright light into these dark recesses of human emotion and reveals how these feelings can gnaw at fulfillment in education, at work and in the home. She shows too how they can be transformed to help us live more wholehearted lives of courage, engagement and purpose. Bren Brown writes as she speaks, with wisdom, wit, candor and a deep sense of humanity. If you're a student, teacher, parent, employer, employee or just alive and wanting to live more fully, you should read this book. I double dare you."
--Sir Ken Robinson
"In an age of constant pressure to conform and pretend, Daring Greatly offers a compelling alternative: transform your life by being who you really are. Embrace the courage to be vulnerable. Dare to read this book!"
--Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup
"Here's the essence of this book: Vulnerability is courage in you but inadequacy in me. Bren 's book, weaving together research and Texan anecdote, shows you some paths forward. And don't for a moment think this is just for women. Men carry the burden of Being Strong And Never Weak, and we pay a heavy price for it. Daring Greatly can help us all."
--Michael Bungay Stanier, author of Do More Great Work
"I deeply trust Bren Brown--her research, her intelligence, her integrity, and her personhood. So when she definitively lands on the one most important value we can cultivate for professional success, relationship health, parental joy, and courageous, passionate living...well, I sit up and take notice . . . even when that one most critical value turns out to be the risky act of being vulnerable. She dared greatly to write this book, and you will benefit greatly to read it and to put its razor-sharp wisdom into action in your own life and work."
--Elizabeth Lesser, Cofounder, Omega Institute, author of Broken Open
"A straightforward approach to revamping one's life from an expert on vulnerability."
--Kirkus Reviews"Will draw readers in and have them considering what steps they would dare to take if shame and fear were not present."
--Publishers Weekly"Offers good insights into how people don personal armor to shield themselves from vulnerability."
--The Wall Street Journal"Brene's down-to-earth approach to vulnerability resonates with me."