Brené Brown

Courage is Contagious

“Courage is contagious. Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver.”


Brene Brown

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Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Endowed Chair. She has spent the past 16 years studying courage, vulnerability, empathy, and shame. She has risen to fame through her wildly popular TED Talks, her four bestselling books: The Gifts of Imperfection; Daring Greatly; Rising Strong; and Braving the Wilderness, and speaking engagements around the world. She has interviewed hundreds of people from all walks of life about what it means to step into the arena, take risks, and lead from a place of courage, authenticity and vulnerability.


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

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”

Brené Brown