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67 Brené Brown Quotes on Rising & Braving (DARING)

17 Inspiring Brené Brown on Taking Charge of Your Life & Leading

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.’

Brené Brown
There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.
There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.
Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it’s understanding the necessity of both; it’s engaging. It’s being all in.
Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it’s understanding the necessity of both; it’s engaging. It’s being all in.
You either walk inside your story and own it or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.
You either walk inside your story and own it or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.
Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be; embrace who you are.
Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be; embrace who you are.
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.
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.
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.
We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time.

Somehow we’ve come to equate success with not needing anyone. Many of us are willing to extend a helping hand, but we’re very reluctant to reach out for help when we need it ourselves. It’s as if we’ve divided the world into “those who offer help” and “those who need help.” The truth is that we are both.”

Brené Brown
Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.
Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.
Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.
Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.
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?
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?
Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.
Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.
We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.
We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.
We need to be selective about the feedback we let into our lives. For me, if you’re not in the arena also getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback.
We need to be selective about the feedback we let into our lives. For me, if you’re not in the arena also getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback.
Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome.
Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome.
Shame is the most powerful, master emotion. It’s the fear that we’re not good enough.
Shame is the most powerful, master emotion. It’s the fear that we’re not good enough.

23 Brené Brown Quotes on Being Courageous & Vulnerable

Perfectionism is a self-destructive and addictive belief system that fuels this primary thought: If I look perfect, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimise the painful feelings of shame, judgment, and blame.”

Brené Brown
You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.
You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.
Staying vulnerable is a risk we have to take if we want to experience connection.
Staying vulnerable is a risk we have to take if we want to experience connection.
Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.
Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.
Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.
Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.
What we don’t need in the midst of struggle is shame for being human.
What we don’t need in the midst of struggle is shame for being human.

Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”

Brené Brown
We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.
We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.
Don’t try to win over the haters; you are not a jackass whisperer.
Don’t try to win over the haters; you are not a jackass whisperer.
To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly.
To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly.
Talk about your failures without apologizing.
Talk about your failures without apologizing.
Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change.
Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change.
The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It’s our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.
The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It’s our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.

Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”

Brené Brown
Want to be happy? Stop trying to be perfect.
Want to be happy? Stop trying to be perfect.
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.
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.
Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves even when we risk disappointing others.
Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves even when we risk disappointing others.
The willingness to show up changes us, It makes us a little braver each time.
The willingness to show up changes us, It makes us a little braver each time.

Even to me the issue of ‘stay small, sweet, quiet, and modest’ sounds like an outdated problem, but the truth is that women still run into those demands whenever we find and use our voices.”

Brené Brown
Courage is like—it’s a habitus, a habit, a virtue: You get it by courageous acts. It’s like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging.
Courage is like—it’s a habitus, a habit, a virtue: You get it by courageous acts. It’s like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging.
You cannot shame or belittle people into changing their behaviors.
You cannot shame or belittle people into changing their behaviors.
Just because someone isn’t willing or able to love us, it doesn’t mean that we are unlovable.
Just because someone isn’t willing or able to love us, it doesn’t mean that we are unlovable.
Who we are and how we engage with the world are much stronger predictors of how our children will do than what we know about parenting.
Who we are and how we engage with the world are much stronger predictors of how our children will do than what we know about parenting.

17 Brené Brown Quotes on Embracing Yourself & Embracing Change

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

Brené Brown
What we know matters but who we are matters more.
What we know matters but who we are matters more.
Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.
Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.
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.
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.
I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.
I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.

“To love someone fiercely, to believe in something with your whole heart, to celebrate a fleeting moment in time, to fully engage in a life that doesn’t come with guarantees – these are risks that involve vulnerability and often pain. But, I’m learning that recognizing and leaning into the discomfort of vulnerability teaches us how to live with joy, gratitude and grace.”

Brené Brown
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.
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.
Connection is why we’re here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.
Connection is why we’re here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.
It’s not about ‘what can I accomplish?’ but ‘what do I want to accomplish?’ Paradigm shift.
It’s not about ‘what can I accomplish?’ but ‘what do I want to accomplish?’ Paradigm shift.
We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.
We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.

Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”

Brené Brown
I thought faith would say, ‘I’ll take away the pain and discomfort,’ but what it ended up saying was, ‘I’ll sit with you in it.’
I thought faith would say, ‘I’ll take away the pain and discomfort,’ but what it ended up saying was, ‘I’ll sit with you in it.’
Those who have a strong sense of love and belonging have the courage to be imperfect.
Those who have a strong sense of love and belonging have the courage to be imperfect.
If you can’t ask for help without self-judgment, you cannot offer help without judging others.
If you can’t ask for help without self-judgment, you cannot offer help without judging others.
To me, a leader is someone who holds her- or himself accountable for finding potential in people and processes.
To me, a leader is someone who holds her- or himself accountable for finding potential in people and processes.
Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.
Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.
We run from grief because loss scares us, yet our hearts reach toward grief because the broken parts want to mend.
We run from grief because loss scares us, yet our hearts reach toward grief because the broken parts want to mend.

Brené Brown Short Biography

Born on 18 November 1965, Casandra Brené Brown is a Texan researcher, lecturer, and professor who spent much of her career studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy.

She is the host of the Unlocking Us podcast and the author of multiple New Year Times best-sellers:

Watch Brené Brown: The Call to Courage on Netflix (released in 2019)

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. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”

Brené Brown

I first came across Brown’s work in 2011 after listening to her Ted Talk: The power of vulnerability – which by the way is one of the top 5 most viewed TED Talks in the world.

Further reading:

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