Daring Greatly Discussion Questions

Instructor: Grace Pisano

Grace has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in teaching. She previously taught high school in several states around the country.

After reading 'Daring Greatly' by Brene Brown, use these discussion questions to help high school or adult readers think critically about the book and reap the most benefit from the lessons Brown teaches.

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

In Daring Greatly, researcher, author and inspirational speaker Brene Brown calls on the reader to step into vulnerable situations and rid oneself of shame. Brown's writing is easily accessible and is full of both evidence-based research and personal anecdotes. After reading this book, use these discussion questions to help students think critically about what Brown says and apply the lessons to their own life.

Thinking Critically about the Content

  • How does Brown use personal anecdotes to enhance what you read? Since the book is rooted in the theme of vulnerability, how does she use her own vulnerability to connect with the reader?
  • What is vulnerability to Brown? How does she define it and what role does it play in our life?
  • Often connected to vulnerability, how does Brown define shame? What does she say you must do about shame? What tools does she give to help get rid of shame?
  • What type of audience do you think would benefit most from reading this book?
  • As an author, how does Brown use research to support what she says? What effect does this have?
  • According to Brown, what is the difference between fitting and belonging? How will these definitions impact you going forward?
  • How does society today describe a leader? What character traits is this person said to have? How does Brown define who a leader is? What is the primary difference between the two definitions?

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