One Sentence Summary
- In Daring Greatly, Brown explains that if people can learn to practice vulnerability, they can find deeper connections with family members, friends and coworkers- and, perhaps most important, they can establish compassionate and loving relationships with themselves.
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”
“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can't survive.”
“What we know matters but who we are matters more.”
“The willingness to show up changes us, it makes us a little braver each time.”
- Most of us live in cultures of scarcity or “never enough”.
- We’re constantly measuring and comparing what we have, against what we want, what we don’t have, what others have, or even how things used to be.
- Vulnerability isn’t good or bad. It’s not a black and white subject. It’s just a part of life and if you experience it, it means you’re able to feel things.
- Allowing yourself to actually be vulnerable is a sign of strength and courage.
- It’s a lot easier to avoid the things that might make you vulnerable, rather than lean into them. But that also means we’re missing out on a lot of good things.
- Brené Brown (born November 18, 1965) is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation.
- She has spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy and is the author of for #1 New York Times bestsellers.