Daring Greatly: The Impetus To Success

Originally published on Horneck.me.

I purchased Daring Greatly by Brené Brown on Amazon’s Audible service several months ago. For some reason, I never listened to it. I was going through my previous purchases last night and decided it was time to listen through.

I’m glad I did.

The premise of the book separates those who simply get by in life from those who passionately throw themselves into the unknown risks ahead. The second group realizes great rewards await those who are able to make themselves vulnerable and open up the real possibility of failure.

For me, vulnerability is a tough thing to appreciate because I like having control of my life. I like having a specific plan with specific, tangible steps toward that plan. As I listen more and more, the suppressed reality emerges–so often, I’m simply living my life.

What I Want

I don’t want to simply live my life, instead, I want to make an impact. I want to be a leader, always dependable to push the boundaries to achieve greater success. I owe it to myself and my peers to always push myself harder.

Some time ago I listened to John Lee Dumas’ awesome podcast called Entrepreneur On Fire. At the closing of each cast, he leaves listeners with a simple reminder. “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

That thought comes back to me often as I listen through Daring Greatly. First of all, I ask myself if I am picking the right crowd to really stretch my potential. Then–perhaps more impactful–I am also ask the reverse question. If I am one of those five people to others, do they see me daring greatly, pushing them to do the same?

If I am one of those five people to others, do they see me daring greatly, pushing them to do the same?

I look forward to Brené’s future challenges and consequently the destruction of self-image it will bring.

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