Anything worth doing -- cooking a homemade meal, running a marathon, learning a new instrument -- never comes easily. 

This is especially true of achieving professional growth. Professional growth requires you to replace routine with risk. It calls for vulnerability, courage, and a willingness to get your hands a little dirty.

Having spent more than a decade researching these concepts, there is no one more qualified to speak on this subject than Brené Brown.

Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work … but she’s really so much more than that: Her TED talk on vulnerability is one of the most-watched videos on the site. She's an INBOUND 2015 speaker and a New York Times best-selling author. And she's the founder and CEO of The Daring Way

But perhaps most importantly, she’s an inspiration.

To give you a better idea of just how inspiring she is, we put together a tweetable list of her wisest words. 

22 Tweetable Quotes From Brené Brown

1) “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” twitter-logo

2) “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day.” twitter-logo

3) “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” twitter-logo

4) “Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we're all in this together.” twitter-logo

5) “Hope is a function of struggle.” twitter-logo

6) “What we know matters but who we are matters more.” twitter-logo

7) “Staying vulnerable is a risk we have to take if we want to experience connection.” twitter-logo

8) “Worthiness doesn't have prerequisites.” twitter-logo

9) “The willingness to show up changes us. It makes us a little braver each time.” twitter-logo

10) “Maybe stories are just data with a soul.” twitter-logo

11) “Hope is not an emotion; it's a way of thinking or a cognitive process.”  twitter-logo

12) "Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it."  twitter-logo

13) "Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."  twitter-logo

14) "There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in."  twitter-logo

15) "DIG Deep -- get deliberate, inspired, and going."  twitter-logo

16) "Sometimes when we dare to walk into the arena the greatest critic we face is ourselves." twitter-logo

17) "If we want to reignite innovation and passion, we have to rehumanize work."  twitter-logo

18) "Shaming and blaming without accountability is toxic."  twitter-logo

19) "Perfection is an unattainable goal."  twitter-logo

20) “You can't ever do anything brave if you're wearing the straitjacket of 'what will people think?!'”  twitter-logo

21) “Daring greatly is not about winning or losing.”  twitter-logo

22) “Empathy is a strange and powerful thing. There is no script.” twitter-logo 

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Originally published Aug 18, 2015 7:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017


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