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Book Review: Daring Greatly: How The Courage To Be Vulnerable Transforms The Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brene’ Brown

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Daring Greatly: How The Courage To Be Vulnerable Transforms The Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brene’ Brown deals with some of the classic problems in parenting. Examples are resource scarcity, never having enough possessions, triggers of shame and the perils of sum zero comparisons to others.

Everyone is exposed to vulnerability frequently, according to Brown. The typical areas of greatest exposure include our personal relationships, expressing creativity without fear of making errors, or commencing difficult conversations on subjects we know little about factually or experientially.

Brown provides a plethora of advice to handle life’s negations. Samples of this advice include the appreciation of joy, which comes in spurts, redefining success when we fall short, and applauding an honest attempt at achieving something difficult.

Simply put, life cannot be lived wholeheartedly without developing strategies to manage vulnerability. Flight is rarely an option. Indeed, vulnerability can be a catalyst for courage and connection.

Brown spends some time exploring the needs of people. First, people need to be loved and they need to develop a sense of connection. In addition, each person has a view of self worth, which must be accessed, cultivated and confirmed.

Brown explains that conquering vulnerability has implications for raising children. She advises parents to teach children to embrace vulnerability and not run from it. Embracing individual vulnerability often involves overcoming shame, dealing forthrightly with the fear of failure and redefining success to redirect efforts to achieve goals at a future time.

Daring Greatly is an excellent parental resource for managing a plethora of very difficult family issues that arise frequently in the process of raising children. Indeed, the management techniques employed by Brown may be applied in just about every area of life itself.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.