Daring Greatly Giveaway

I'm super excited to support my friend Brené Brown today as she launches her new book Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.

Just the title gets me excited.

GIVEAWAY | One person will receive the new book Daring Greatly by Brené Brown and a Daring Greatly T-shirt.

I met Brené five years ago at a gathering of women brought together by Kelly Rae Roberts and Jen Lemen. We became fast friends when we roomed together as we chatted about our families, our work, our childhood (we were both swimmers and life guards), and our type-A personalities.

Earlier this summer Brené and I held our breaths & practiced bravery together as we took off on an adventure in an 8-seater airplane for a vacation with our girlfriends.

Bottom line, she's one of my favorite people and I'm super thankful we were put in that room together five years ago.

Here's a bit about her professionally:

Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.

Her 2010 TEDxHouston talk on the power of vulnerability is one of most watched talks on TED.com, with approximately 5 million views. She gave the closing talk, Listening to Shame, at the 2012 TED Conference in Long Beach.

Here's the description of her new book:

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts.

In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown’s many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth—and trust—in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.

Check out the trailer for her new book:

Daring Greatly Book Trailer from Brené Brown on Vimeo.

It's on my nightstand and I can't wait to begin.

Here's an excellent review I read yesterday which will give you more insight into some of the themes covered in the book.

When we got together in July Brené asked if I'd be interested in doing some handwriting for a parenting manifesto that's part of Daring Greatly.


You can download this 8x10 manifesto (and others on leadership and engaged feedback) by clicking here.

I also wanted to mention that there are Daring Greatly t-shirts. $10 from the purchase of each shirt goes to charity: water. The goal is for the Wholehearted community to raise $15,000 to fund a tap for 230 people in Rwanda. Click here to track the progress at charity: water.

TO BE ENTERED into this giveaway please leave a comment below (if you are reading this post on Facebook please come to my blog to leave a comment). Comments will be closed at 8pm Pacific on Thursday evening. The winners will be posted shortly after. Please be sure to check back or subscribe (click here to get posts delivered to your email box) to see if you are receiving one of the items.

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  1. jennifer c

    2012-09-13 15:35:58 -0400

    Thanks for letting me know about this book! It is in my Amazon shopping cart right now and I can't wait to read it! My teenager is going through a tough time right now and I think this will be very helpful for both of us.

  2. Hank

    2012-09-13 15:55:42 -0400

    Brene does some good stuff. I'd love to get this book.

  3. Vicky Monday

    2012-09-13 16:06:01 -0400

    I just heard about this book and I would love to read it so I can learn to dare greatly in my life. Thanks for doing the research and sharing this with us all and daring to live greatly yourself.

  4. Barb

    2012-09-13 16:27:28 -0400

    The process to be joyful, to be vulnerable is one of the hardest that I have had to live with. To be vulnerable can bring sadness and regret but the joy has illuded me. I am so very excited to read this book and to learn how to approach my life in a more healthy way. Thanks for putting these thoughts into print for all of us.

  5. Kathy McDonald

    2012-09-13 16:28:45 -0400

    Dr. Brown's TEDtalk was part of our professional development day at Lakeside School last year. I have since shared it with many, many friends. It touched me, and it has stayed with me. I would love to have a copy of her new book. Thank you for the opportunity.

  6. Stacy B

    2012-09-13 16:31:25 -0400

    What an amazing find!

  7. jen

    2012-09-13 16:47:38 -0400

    Wow - i'd love to win!

  8. Pam

    2012-09-13 16:52:37 -0400

    I am so interested in this concept. Thanks for the chance to win the book. Watching Brené on "Katie" right now

  9. Doris

    2012-09-13 16:59:30 -0400

    I want in on this magic!

  10. melissa rhodes

    2012-09-13 17:04:06 -0400


  11. Erin in PA

    2012-09-13 17:05:34 -0400

    This book has been coming up on my radar recently, and it is currently in my online shopping cart. Time to step into this new journey. The past 4 years have been eventful to say the least. :)

  12. Bethany

    2012-09-13 17:17:07 -0400

    I saw Brene on Katie Couric's show today. I thought that she was fantastic and her message is so current and relevant to so many of us struggling to live our lives with dignity in a most "real" way. I would love to win a copy of her book. . .

  13. Bethany

    2012-09-13 17:20:04 -0400

    I saw Brene on Katie Couric's show today. I thought that she was very empathic and her message compelling. So many of us today are trying to live our lives with dignity, compassion, and openess. Her book will be a great tool to support our journeys . . .

  14. Sara Grafton

    2012-09-13 17:23:39 -0400

    The books sounds great! Thank you for the chance to win.

  15. Ashley

    2012-09-13 17:42:18 -0400

    Wow...this is one of those things in life that when you come across it you wish you had discovered it a long time ago. I just heard of this book today, and watched an interview of the author, and was brought to tears...what she had to say really resonated with me and what I've been through...

  16. bettyann

    2012-09-13 18:16:02 -0400

    what an exciting giveaway. Thank you.

  17. Liz

    2012-09-13 18:47:14 -0400

    I just watched Brene on the Katie show a couple hours ago! It was so incredible, and powerful!

  18. Phaedra

    2012-09-13 18:56:00 -0400

    I've been on the library list for this book. I would LOVE to win!I know it would be such a positive message for my life as a mother and a person.

  19. Debbie

    2012-09-13 19:47:52 -0400

    What a neat person esp to call your friend!!

  20. Jean Nordstrom

    2012-09-13 20:00:30 -0400

    When I was watching and listening to Brene talk I thought of how couragous my daughter is. She expresses her feelings so well. She isnt afraid to show people how she feels even at her most vunerable. Shes so brave that way. I think we both would enjoy this book.

  21. Lara Piepschyk

    2012-09-13 20:08:05 -0400

    I saw the TED talks on Youtube 6 months ago and was especially moved by her explanation of shame and the damage it does. I have seen the effects first hand. It is so hard for damaged souls to be vulnerable, especially if they have been rejected time and again. Brene in her talk expressed the need for people to respect an act of vulnerability, and I think this is the most important message of all - yes, dare to be vulnerable. But more so, welcome others vulnerability! And we all need to spread THAT message more then any other, because if someone fragile/damaged dares to be vulnerable, and they are ridiculed, will they dare to be vulnerable again? It is the act of being vulnerable and ACCEPTED that is healing beyond measure, and gives a person hope and self worth. So lets all ACCEPT one another's vulnerability. Praise to Brene Brown for her TED talks and I look forward to reading her book!

  22. Tobi-Lynn Arnold

    2012-09-13 20:52:52 -0400

    WOW! I just told a friend, who is becoming a certified life coach, that I was interested in a book club on one of her books! she sounds amazing!

  23. Claire T

    2012-09-13 21:49:32 -0400

    This book sounds amazing and I love the parenting manifesto. Thanks again Ali for introducing something new and very relevant to my life right now.

  24. Jaime MacSween

    2012-09-13 22:25:34 -0400

    I've watched Brene singer TED talks and was hooked! I was so pumped to see Katie had her on and have a new found love for Katie and will watch the show now that i know she is on the Brene bandwagon! Brene and Katie are to blame for me calling my cable company and purchasing a dvr system tonight just so I don't miss another show that Brene may be on! I only seen parts from the site and was so moved! I need that book as a guide for my next life phase! Congrats Brene! I think the world needs more of you and more daring greatly!!!

  25. Christine

    2012-09-13 22:26:14 -0400

    Thanks for the chance...love her books and style. Would love to win.

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