Crazy Read 2018 – Daring Greatly
What I Loved
A lot! Based on the folded pages on the bottoms (my little trick to remember great pages).
What I loved was that it was validation for how I have shifted my life. I’ve taken a stance in my own life on being vulnerable and allowing people in to the depths of my hell and pain and joy and emotion.
In the past that would have scared me, and I would have held back, this book has challenged me to allow people even deeper. On page 248 it dives into this:
“Daring greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where scarcity and shame dominate and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times.
And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of feeling hurt.
But as I look back on my own life and what Daring Greatly has meant to me, I can honestly say that nothing is uncomfortable, dangerous and hurtful as believing that I’m standing that I’m standing on the outside of my life and looking in and wondering what it would be like if I had the courage to show up and let myself be seen.”
Another section I found interesting was talking about leaders. That it’s uncomfortable to be a good leader, discomfort is required in order to lead well.
It’s uncomfortable to step up and yet as a leader you are supposed to be so strong. It was a good challenge to allow me to lead a different way in my world.
Another part of the vulnerability is reminding myself that I don’t have to be perfect, which was found on page 133:
I remind myself, “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” (Cribbed from Voltaire.) A twenty-minute walk that I do is better than the four-mile run I don’t do.
The imperfect book that gets published is better than the perfect book that never leaves my computer.
The dinner party of take our Chinese food is better than the elegant dinner that I never host.
A question I have been asking myself since, is what masks am I putting on in order to protect myself? It’s been interesting to rumble and think about it since.