Brené Brown at the 2012 Texas Conference for Women

Dr. Brené Brown, research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and #1 NY Times bestselling author, spoke to attendees of the 13th Annual Texas Conference for Women on October 24, 2012, at the Austin Convention Center.

“Being vulnerable, being real, being open, is scary, and it feels dangerous, and it feels unsafe. But it does not feel anywhere as dangerous or scary or unsafe as standing on the outside of our lives, looking in, wondering, ‘what if I would have shown up?'”

Watch the clip from Brown’s keynote speech and leave your thoughts in the comments.