Brené Brown is an American intellectual of high repute. She works at the University of Houston where she is not only a research professor but also olds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work.
Over the past few years, the professor became a popular figure as a result of her research in different areas, including shame, vulnerability, empathy, and courage, thus, becoming an inspiration to millions of people all over the world. Thanks to her dedication to work, Brene has recorded a lot of success and achievements in her career and in a bid to help people tap into her wealth of knowledge, she is invited for numerous speaking engagements every year.
To help you share in the treasures she is offering the world, here are some inspiring Brene Brown quotes.
50 Brene Brown Quotes To Encourage And Inspire You To Success
1. Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.
2. You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.
3. Everyone wants to know why customer service has gone to hell in a handbasket. I want to know why customer behavior has gone to hell in a handbasket.
4. DIG deep–get deliberate, inspired, and going.
5. Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves even when we risk disappointing others.
6. What would you be glad you did–even if you failed?
7. The biggest shame trigger at work is the fear of your irrelevance. What drives the fear of irrelevance at work? Change.
8. Giving feedback is incredibly vulnerable for this reason: If you’re giving good feedback, you should not be able to script what’s going to happen when you sit down with someone. You should be willing to be able to hear.
9. The middle is messy, but that’s also where the magic happens.
10. A brave leader is someone who says I see you. I hear you. I don’t have all the answers, but I’m going to keep listening and asking questions.
11. What we know matters but who we are matters more.
12. Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.
13. To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly.
14. Talk about your failures without apologizing.
15. Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.
16. Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day.
17. When people are in difficult situations—fear, anxiety, shame, stress—they’re making up stories about what’s happening. As leaders, the only thing we can do is give space and time to those stories and reality-check them to the best of our ability.
18. When I looked at organizations that are doing amazing work, a couple of them have put ‘daring greatly’ on their performance evaluations.
19. Daring leaders work to make sure people can be themselves and feel a sense of belonging.
20. The level of collective courage in an organization is the absolute best predictor of that organization’s ability to be successful.
21. Staying vulnerable is a risk we have to take if we want to experience connection.
22. Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.
23. Nothing has transformed my life more than realizing that it’s a waste of time to evaluate my worthiness by weighing the reaction of the people in the stands.
24. It’s not about ‘what can I accomplish?’ but ‘what do I want to accomplish?’ Paradigm shift.
25. 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.
26. I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness–it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.
27. Are you willing to excavate problems that people aren’t talking about that they’re stuck in? Do you choose courage over comfort?
28. Vulnerability is terrifying and it’s dangerous and scary, and the only guarantee I can give you is it’s not as terrifying or as dangerous or scary as getting to the end of our lives and having to ask ourselves, what if I would have shown up?
29. Only when diverse perspectives are included, respected, and valued can we start to get a full picture of the world.
30. Compassionate people ask for what they need. They say no when they need to, and when they say yes, they mean it. They’re compassionate because their boundaries keep them out of resentment.
31. Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.
32. 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.
33. Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable.
34. Connection is why we’re here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.
35. If you trade your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief.
36. Is there anyone that does not need to navigate uncertainty and risk on a regular basis? To be alive is to be vulnerable; to be a leader is to be vulnerable every minute of the day. You don’t get to opt out.
37. We need people to be braver, and we need to create a culture that allows for bravery.
38. You can choose courage, or you can choose comfort, but you cannot choose both.
39. There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.
40. Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over what is fun, fast, or easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them.
41. You either walk inside your story and own it or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.
42. When I see people stand fully in their truth, or when I see someone fall down, get back up, and say, ‘Damn. That really hurt, but this is important to me and I’m going in again’—my gut reaction is, ‘What a badass.’
43. We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.
44. Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.
45. Don’t try to win over the haters; you are not a jackass whisperer.
46. The more uncertain times come, the more we look for models and methods and ways to engineer vulnerability out of recruiting, out of hiring, out of training. We try to dehumanize it and make it engineerable and put it in an Excel spreadsheet. I get it, but you will never be able to engineer the humanity out of what you do, ever.
47. Do you know what it takes to make an ethical decision in the face of a group of people who are willing to go the other direction? It’s one of the most single vulnerable acts of our lives.
48. Courage originally meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.
49. It turns out that trust is in fact earned in the smallest of moments. It is earned not through heroic deeds, or even highly visible actions, but through paying attention, listening, and gestures of genuine care and connection.
50. I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time.