Brené Brown Quotes on Vulnerability and Courage

Brene Brown Quotes

Casandra Brene Brown was born on November 18, 1965. She is a professor, lecturer, author, and podcast host. Brene Brown holds the Brene Brown Endowed Chair at the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work and is a visiting professor in management at McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

Brown has dedicated years of her life studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity and shame. She is best-known for her famous TED talk, “The Power of Vulnerability.”

Brene Brown believes that we deepen our own humanity and connectedness to one another, if we are aware of the impact of shame, and learn to empathize with others.

Brene Brown Quotes on Vulnerability, Courage and Shame

“If you trade your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief.”

“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”

“Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change.”

“What we don’t need in the midst of struggle is shame for being human.”

“Vulnerability is not about winning or losing. It’s having the courage to show up even when you can’t control the outcome.”

“Want to be happy? Stop trying to be perfect.”

“You can’t fully grow and contribute behind armour.”

“What we know matters but who we are matters more.”

“You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.”

“Social media has given us this idea that we should all have a posse of friends when in reality, if we have one or two really good friends, we are lucky.”

“Brave leaders are never silent around hard things.”

“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.”

“You cannot talk about race without talking about privilege. And when people start talking about privilege, they get paralyzed by shame.”

“To me, a leader is someone who holds her- or himself accountable for finding potential in people and processes. And so what I think is really important is sustainability.”

“Nostalgia is also a dangerous form of comparison. Think about how often we compare our lives to a memory that nostalgia has so completely edited that it never really existed.”

“Just because someone isn’t willing or able to love us, it doesn’t mean that we are unlovable.”

“If we share our shame story with the wrong person, they can easily become one more piece of flying debris in an already dangerous storm.”

“What’s the greater risk? Letting go of what people think – or letting go of how I feel, what I believe, and who I am?”

“Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. We risk missing out when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.”

“The true underlying obstacle to brave leadership is how we respond to our fear.”

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Brené Brown Vulnerability Quotes

“Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.”

“The intention and outcome of vulnerability is trust, intimacy and connection. The outcome of oversharing is distrust, disconnection – and usually a little judgment.”

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”

“When I look at narcissism through the vulnerability lens, I see the shame-based fear of being ordinary. I see the fear of never feeling extraordinary enough to be noticed, to be lovable, to belong, or to cultivate a sense of purpose.”

“Vulnerability is basically uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.”

“Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous.”

“As a vulnerability researcher, the greatest barrier I see is our low tolerance for vulnerability. We’re almost afraid to be happy. We feel like it’s inviting disaster.”

“Waking up every day and loving someone who may or may not love us back, whose safety we can’t ensure, who may stay in our lives or may leave without a moment’s notice, who may be loyal to the day they die or betray us tomorrow – that’s vulnerability.”

Brené Brown Quotes on Courage

“Those who have a strong sense of love and belonging have the courage to be imperfect.”

“Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves even when we risk disappointing others.”

“I believe that what we regret most are our failures of courage, whether it’s the courage to be kinder, to show up, to say how we feel, to set boundaries, to be good to ourselves. For that reason, regret can be the birthplace of empathy.”

“Courage is contagious. A critical mass of brave leaders is the foundation of an intentionally courageous culture. Every time we are brave with our lives, we make the people around us a little braver and our organizations bolder and stronger.”

“The difficult thing is that vulnerability is the first thing I look for in you and the last thing I’m willing to show you. In you, it’s courage and daring. In me, it’s weakness.”

“Today I choose courage over comfort.”

“Vulnerability is the most accurate way to measure courage. And we literally do that as researchers. We measure how brave you are by how vulnerable you are willing to be.”

More Inspirational Brené Brown Quotes

“Empathy has no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of ‘You’re not alone.'”

“Those who have a strong sense of love and belonging have the courage to be imperfect.”

“When the people we love stop paying attention, trust begins to slip away and hurt starts seeping in.”

“The uncertainty of parenting can bring up feelings in us that range from frustration to terror.”

“Talk about your failures without apologizing.”

“As a shame researcher, I know that the very best thing to do in the midst of a shame attack is totally counterintuitive: Practice courage and reach out!”

“You can’t take criticism and feedback from people who are not being brave with their lives. It just will crush you.”

“How many of you want more love, intimacy, joy, in your lives? You can’t have that, if you don’t let yourself be seen. How can you let yourself be loved if you can’t be seen?”

“We are so afraid that if we let ourselves feel joy, something will come along and rip it away from us and we will be sucker punched by pain and trauma and loss.”

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