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Dear Wholehearted Community,

I have exciting book news! I just finished my new book, Rising Strong. I feel so passionate about this book for a simple reason: I need it. This research taught me how to stay brave in struggle – and not just getting my ass kicked in the arena, but how to own my disappointments, failures, and even those heartbreaks that can take your breath away. It’s by far my most personal book.

Here’s a short description.

The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. Rising Strong is a book about what it takes to get back up and how owning our stories of struggle gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle can be our greatest call to courage and and the clearest path to a wholehearted life.

We have a gorgeous cover by Austin artist Simon Walker. Take a look!RSFinal3D640X640 1640

Here’s how I see the progression of my work:

The Gifts of Imperfection – Be you.

Daring Greatly – Be all in.

Rising Strong – Fall. Get up. Try again.

The book comes out on August 25, 2015. I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with more info on Rising Strong tour dates, a brand new eCourse, and presale info. And yes . . . I’m recording the audio book this time!

In more fun book news, Daring Greatly came out in paperback on Tuesday! Click on the book jacket for links to booksellers.



Thank y’all for your support, encouragement, and daring. Together, we dare greatly. Together, we rise strong!


Daring Belongs to All of Us: Thoughts on Cadillac’s New Campaign


Hi everyone,

As some of you may know, Cadillac is launching a new campaign based on the Roosevelt “man in the arena” quote. Their new brand tagline is #DareGreatly. We’ve received many emails and comments over social media asking about my involvement in the campaign so I wanted to clear that up with you.

Cadillac sent me an email last week informing me about the campaign and letting me know that they were inspired by the quote, and particularly by my book. I am in no way involved with the Cadillac campaign. I’m not receiving or wanting payment, and I wasn’t consulted or informed in advance of the launch.

When I first learned about the campaign I experienced many different strong emotions – fear, anger, vulnerability – but mostly scarcity.

Daring Greatly is not just my book and my research; it’s how I live. My kids talk about daring greatly at school and Steve and I cheer each other on during difficult times by saying, “Dare greatly! I’ve got your back.” I was afraid that a commercial brand was taking that away from me, my family, and, most of all, from you and our community.

But, here’s the thing. I don’t own the call to Dare Greatly and Cadillac won’t own it either. Daring belongs to all of us. It’s a choice about how we want to live and show up in our lives. While that looks different for all of us, I know one thing for sure: Feeling scarcity over daring greatly bankrupts daring on its own terms. It’s always hard when my own work kicks me in the ass – Chapter One, no less. 

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Teddy Roosevelt’s quote has been inspiring people for over 100 years and I hope the call to courage continues from you and from each of us. My personal commitment is to keep showing up, being seen, and living brave (even when I’m in fear and scarcity).

Always, I am deeply grateful for friends who point me back in the direction of my own values when I’m lost, and for this community of fellow travelers.