20 Brené Brown Quotes To Keep Hustling And Make More Happen

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If you’re like me, you can’t get enough Brené Brown.

I love her books, her Ted Talks, her videos on Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday, and her interview with Marie Forleo.

But I especially love her quotes.

There’s something about her words of wisdom, truth, and authenticity that really gets me excited.

Which brings me to this post.

I listed 20 courageous quotes from Brené Brown that inspire me to live with more meaning and fewer regrets, keep hustling, and make more sh*t happen. 

Most of the Brené Brown quotes below are from the Braving The Wilderness book. 

(Fun fact: I didn’t like to highlight, underline, or make notes in my books while reading, but now I love it so much that I don’t have a book without notes in the margins.)


Let’s take a look at these gems:

20 Brené Brown Quotes To Keep Hustling And Make More Happen

  1. “Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.” – Brené Brown
  2. “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?” – Brené Brown
  3. “If you aren’t in the arena also getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback.” – Brené Brown
  4. “The biggest shame trigger at work is the fear of your irrelevance. What drives the fear of irrelevance at work? Change.” – Brené Brown
  5. “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” – Brené Brown
  6. “We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time.” – Brené Brown
  7. “Belonging to ourselves means being called to stand alone -to brave the wilderness of uncertainty, vulnerability, and criticism. And with the world feeling like a political and ideological combat zone, this is remarkably tough.” – Brené Brown
  8. “There will be times when standing alone feels too hard, too scary, and we’ll doubt our abilities to make our way through the uncertainty. Someone, somewhere, will say, 'Don’t do it. You don’t have what it takes to survive the wilderness.' This is when you reach up deep inside your heart and remind yourself. 'I am the wilderness.'” – Brené Brown
  9. “It doesn’t matter what side of politics you’re on. It matters what side of humanity you’re on.” – Brené Brown
  10. “You either walk inside your story and own it or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.” – Brené Brown
  11. “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
  12. “There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.” – Brené Brown
  13. “Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.”  – Brené Brown
  14. “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they're never weakness.” – Brené Brown
  15. “Share with people who have earned the right to hear your story.” – Brené Brown
  16. “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
  17. “Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.” – Brené Brown
  18. “When the culture of any organization mandates that is more important to protect the reputation of a system and those in power than it is to protect the basic human dignity of the individuals who serve that system or who are served by that system, you can be certain that the shame is systemic, the money is driving ethics, and the accountability is all but dead.” – Brené Brown
  19. “Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves even when we risk disappointing others.” – Brené Brown
  20. “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.” – Brené Brown


Courage is a habit, a virtue: You get it by courageous acts. It’s like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging.
— Brené Brown


Bringing It All Together

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Well… Weren’t these good?! 

Brené Brown words are perfect for getting into the right mindset for accomplishing your most meaningful goals, and re-focusing on the bigger picture of why you committed to this hustle in the first place.

Let me know if I missed any of your favorite Brené Brown quotes and I’ll add them to this post.

Cheers to hustling, and making more happen! 🙂