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April 22, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

Best Quotes from Brene Browns Daring Greatly

“As children we found ways to protect ourselves from vulnerability, from being hurt, dismissed, and disappointed. We put on armour; we used our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors as weapons; and we learned how to make ourselves scarce and disappear. Now as adults we realize that to live with courage, purpose, and connection–to be the person whom we long to be–we much again be vulnerable. We must take off the armour, put down the weapons, show up, and let ourselves be seen.”
Brene Brown

“Vulnerability lies at the center of the family story. It defines our moments of greatest joy, fear, sorrow, shame, disaapointment, love, belonging, gratitude, creativity, and everyday wonder.”
Brene Brown

“Compassion and connection–the very things that give purpose and meaning to our lives–can only be learned if they are experienced.”
Brene Brown

“Giving and soliciting feedback is about learning and growth, and understanding who we are and how we respond to the people around us is the foundation of this process.”
Brene Brown

“We disengage to protect ourselves from vulnerability, shame, and feeling lost and without purpose. We also disengage when we feel like the people who are leading us–our boss, our teachers, our principal, our clergy, our parents, our politicians–aren’t living up to their end of the social contract.”
Brene Brown

“A daring greatly culture is a culture of honest, constructive, and engaged feedback. This is true in organizations, schools, and families.”
Brene Brown

“Whats the most significant barrier to creativity and innovation?”
Brene Brown

“What does minding the gap and daring greatly look like in schools, organizations, and families?”
Brene Brown

“Shame works like termites in a house. It’s hidden in the dark behind the walls and constantly eating away at our infrastructure, until one day the stairs suddenly crumble. Only then do we realize that it’s only a matter of time before the walls come tumbling down.”
Brene Brown

“According to social work educator Dennis Saleebey, viewing performance from the strengths perspective offers us the opportunity to examine our struggles in light of our capacities, talents, competencies, possibilities, vision, values, and hopes.”
Brene Brown

“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from the offering of trust, respect, kindness and affection.

Love is not something we give or get; it is something we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them–we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.

Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed, and rare.”
Brene Brown

Questions on p. 174 to 175.

“The Power of Vulnerability” TED Talk from Brene Brown is available here.

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