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Favorite Quotes from Brené Brown's Netflix Special, "The Call to Courage"

You have likely heard the buzz about Brené Brown's Netflix Special, The Call to Courage. In this 76-minute special, Brené speaks all about vulnerability. In true Brené fashion, she presents deep concepts in a humorous and empathetic way. One moment you may find yourself laughing, and the next, you’re crying.

The special is jam-packed with quote-worthy statements. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend watching it with one exception. As a Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating philosophied clinician, I have a couple of concerns about some of Brené’s judgments around food and health behaviors that I heard at a couple of points during the show — the comments she made about certain foods and behaviors just felt very influenced by diet culture to me.

So, with that said, I provide a trigger warning to those who struggle with disordered eating or struggle with body image. It’s not that I don’t recommend watching the special if you do identify with these struggles (that’s a personal decision to be made) — it’s just that you may need support and some time to reflect and process afterwards.


Here are my favorite Brené quotes from the special:

On vulnerability, bravery, and courage…

“I’m dangerous I love myself so much.” 

“Today, I choose courage over comfort.” 

“I can’t make commitments for tomorrow, but today I’m gonna choose to be brave.” 

“You’re going to know failure, if you’re brave with your life.”

“Vulnerability is not about winning. It’s not about losing. It’s having the courage to show up when you can’t control the outcome.” 

“[Those who matter are] people who love you not despite of your imperfection and vulnerability, but because of your imperfection and vulnerability.”



On love and vulnerability...

“How can you let yourself be loved if you can’t be seen?”

“Vulnerability is a path back to each other, but we’re so afraid to get on it.”

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, and joy.”

“The opposite of belonging is fitting in.” 

“I get so busy sometimes chasing the extraordinary moments, that I don’t pay attention to the ordinary moments. The moments, that if taken away, I would miss more than anything.”



On work and creativity… 

“No vulnerability, no creativity.” 

“If you’re not willing to fail, you can’t innovate.” 

“If you’re not willing to build a vulnerable culture, you can’t create.”



On inclusivity and equity…

“To not have the conversations because they make you uncomfortable, is the definition of privilege. Your comfort is not at the center of this discussion.” 

“Hard conversations [which she previous explains as having difficulty talking to people rather than talking about people], giving and receiving feedback, problem solving, ethical decision making, these are all born of vulnerability.”

“Brave leaders are never silent around hard things.”

“Our job [as leaders] is to excavate the unsaid.”  

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And the final takeaway…

“Show up. Be seen. Answer the call [to courage].”

I incorporate Brené’s work in all that I do — counseling, training, teaching, supervising, & consulting. I find her messages around vulnerability to ring true and resonate with so many people that I work with.

I’d love to hear what you took away from the special and what your favorite quotes were! Feel free to leave them in the comments section below!

With Gratitude,

Chelsea