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September 12, 2012

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, 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 8×10 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.


  • 1.
    Alicia Johnson said…

    So ready to be vulnerable and more connected with life and the people I love.

    Thank you Ali!


  • 2.
    olga said…

    I need this more than ever!
    Thank you.

  • 3.
    Shayne said…

    Admitting you are vulnerable is probably one of the biggest steps one can ever take – sounds like an incredible book and i’d love to win!

  • 4.
    Sarah Giles said…

    Wow. LOVE the manifesto. If the book is like that it’s definitely a must-read for me! :)

  • 5.
    rene said…

    I’m a teacher and I’m going to offer the “wholehearted parenting manifesto” to all my parents. Thanks for sharing this.
    I’d love to win a copy of Brene’s book and do the read-along!
    From reading both your blogs I can understand why you would be fab friends!!

  • 6.
    Michelle L said…

    I have read Brene’s other books they are excellent, I would love to win this one

  • 7.
    Karen said…

    I love her books and can’t wait to read her newest! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • 8.
    Toni from said…

    I am going to check it out, looks like a great read!

  • 9.
    HeatherC said…

    Wow!sounds super cool..thanks for the opportunity and I am putting this on my to read list!

  • 10.
    Chris Cross said…

    Great giveaway! Thanks for sharing!

  • 11.
    Diane B said…

    Sounds awesome!

  • 12.
    Mary Sara P. said…

    Amazing. Thanks for the chance. Can’t wait to read more.

  • 13.
    Charline said…

    This is on my “amazon wish list”

  • 14.
    Kim said…

    The book sounds great; thanks for the chance to win!

  • 15.
    Susan Anderson said…

    Just finished reading the Gift of Imperfection and can’t wait to get started on this book. Awesome writing and experiences that everyone can relate too.

  • 16.
    Vicki I. said…

    It is so hard to take chances and be vulnerable. I recently became a co-leader for our new Cub Scout Tiger Cub den. This takes me WAY out of my comfort zone. I can’t believe how quick people are to criticize the smallest things…it has been a challenge for me to ignore that criticism and keep my focus on why I took the position in the first place – the wonderful boys! I’m definitely going to read this book.

  • 17.
    Tameeka said…

    this book sounds beautiful! thanks for the chance to win one Ali.

    Tameeka :)

  • 18.
    Susan said…

    Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • 19.
    allyson said…

    Loved her TED talks! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • 20.
    Shawna said…

    amazing how perfect the timing is in my life.
    thank you for the chance to dare greatly!

  • 21.
    Janie said…

    I have already pre-ordered mine but I would like to enter my Pastor in the drawing. Bill Lenz.

  • 22.
    Kim said…

    Exactly what I need to read.

  • 23.
    Milla said…

    That sounds like a book worth reading, I’d love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance!

  • 24.
    Diane said…

    What a beautiful manifesto! I can only imagine how wonderful the book will be. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 25.
    Anita said…

    I would love to win a copy of this book! What an interesting subject. Love from Norway

  • 26.
    Beth said…

    Thanks for a chance to win!

  • 27.
    Cheri said…

    I love Brene’s work and have been following her blog for a few years. What an awesome giveaway!

  • 28.
    Karen G said…

    Looking foward to reading Daring Greatly. Have enjoyed her other books as well.

  • 29.
    Amanda Susan said…

    I got my copy of the book yesterday and am excited to jump into it today.

  • 30.
    Diana said…

    Sounds great! Would love to win!

  • 31.
    KathleenB said…

    I have heard a lot about this book and have it on my Wish List on Amazon. Would love to win a copy!

  • 32.
    Tiffany said…

    Sounds wonderful!

  • 33.
    Leslie said…

    This book sounds wonderful…thanks so much for the chance to win!

  • 34.
    Teresa said…

    I’ve learned so much about how to really live the life I want to from her other books and TED talks. Can’t wait to read this one too. Thanks for the chance to win and for the download of this parenting manifesto.

  • 35.
    Sandi M said…

    Thanks for introducing us! I love the manifesto and can’t wait to read this book.

  • 36.
    Elaine Bieman said…

    great manifesto. Very moving.

  • 37.
    Lindsay said…

    so awesome. would love to read this book.

  • 38.
    Kim S (nerdgrl) said…

    Love the manifesto. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  • 39.
    Leora Henkin said…

    Thanks for sharing this. Good luck to all!

  • 40.
    Graviela said…

    Love the giveaway!

  • 41.
    Lisa said…

    So excited about this book!

  • 42.
    Lizzy said…

    This one is on my wishlist and would love to win it. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • 43.
    Suzie Perrie said…

    Ok I think I am definitely going to have to check out her books now. That manifesto struck a heartchord.

  • 44.
    Tracey H said…

    Thanks Ali, would love to read this.

  • 45.
    Madeline St Onge said…

    This sounds like an interesting read, will have to check it out

    thanks Ali

  • 46.
    Kimberly Loxtercamp said…

    This sounds like a great message!

  • 47.
    Enjoli said…

    I have been wanting to read her books. This one seems like a great one! She is such an inspiring woman, I hope I can help the world as she does. :)

  • 48.
    heidig said…

    This sounds like a wonderful book – something I’d love to read!

  • 49.
    Kacie said…

    I’ve never read one of her books – I’d love to check it out!

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