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Brené Brown Quotes

Brene Brown Research

Brené Brown quotes: here’s what the researcher and speaker says about bravery, courage, guilt, vulnerability, success, shame, and more.

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

“Shame is the most powerful, master emotion.  It’s the fear that we’re not good enough.”

“To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly.”

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

“We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong.  When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to.  We break.  We fall apart.  We numb.  We ache.  We hurt others.  We get sick.”

“If you can’t ask for help without self-judgment, you cannot offer help without judging others.”

“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.”

“Talk about your failures without apologizing.”

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

“Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

“We cannot selectively numb emotions; when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.”

“Through my research, I found that vulnerability is the glue that holds relationships together.  It’s the magic sauce.”

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day.”

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

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

“We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.”

“What would you be glad you did – even if you failed?”

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

“To me, a leader is someone who holds her- or himself accountable for finding potential in people and processes.”

“It’s not about ‘what can I accomplish?’ but ‘what do I want to accomplish?’  Paradigm shift.”

“First and foremost, we need to be the adults we want our children to be.  We should watch our own gossiping and anger.  We should model the kindness we want to see.”

“Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”

“The truth is: belonging starts with self-acceptance.  Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you’re enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable, and imperfect.”

“As it turns out, we can’t practice compassion with other people if we can’t treat ourselves kindly.”

“In my research, I’ve interviewed a lot of people who never fit in, who are what you might call different: scientists, artists, thinkers.  And if you drop down deep into their work and who they are, there is a tremendous amount of self-acceptance.”

“We don’t have to do all of it alone.  We were never meant to.”

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

“Shame hates it when we reach out and tell our story.  It hates having words wrapped around it.  It can’t survive being shared.  Shame loves secrecy.  When we bury our story, the shame metastasizes.”

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

“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.”

“You either walk inside your story and own it or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.”

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

“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.'”

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

“Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion.  Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning and purpose to our lives.”

If you liked this, I suggest you read Simon Sinek’s quotes next.

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