Book Spotlight: Daring Greatly

“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.…”  -Theodore Roosevelt

I know this has been released for quite a while already but I am finally ‘rereading’ it now. I read it sometime last year but was unable to finish it. It was a season of challenges and Brene Brown’s book is too real that it cuts deep. I was in the state of brokenness, burdened by things that make loving deeply and opening oneself to the raw emotions that come with loving seem to be too overwhelming to me at the time. I have to pause. I have to calm myself.

So what is it about? 

It’s about vulnerability and everything the word entails; what it looks like, how it feels, how it affects our relationships, and why it’s the answer to our culture of lack and need.

It is the acceptance that you are enough. It is the courage to engage in relationships. It means allowing yourself to be seen. It is daring to get out of comfort zone. It is braving the uncertainty. …It is the very core of being human.

Wholeheartedness is being fully connected and engaged to the people we value. It is diving in opportunities and giving the best that we can despite the lack of assurance of its success.


Still a long way to the end of this book but I feel Brown’s words resonate to the mom, the wife, and the business woman in me.

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”

The message of the book is sharp and equally inviting. I have always been doubtful of what I can do and always so scared in treading in a new path. But we all know it, let go of fear and get out of your comfort zone. It’s been said over a hundred times by everybody. However, what’s different in this is that it didn’t just tackle the “greater heights” you’ll achieve in your freefall to the uncertainty but it also tells that though you might fail, you have done so while daring greatly. And this is not just with dreams and goals but in trust and engagement as well. 

Wholehearted living isn’t just a 200-page book lesson. It is a constant reminder to ourselves, an everyday decision, and a conscious deed towards our daily endeavors that will help us through the process.

Daring Greatly is indeed a bestseller and after having dealt with the crazy, I am now ready to read and finish it this time!

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