“They (the whole-hearted) were willing to let go of who they thought they should be in order to be who they were…They believed that what made them vulnerable, made them beautiful.” -Brene Brown
One of the hardest challenges for any artist, for anyone trying to lead, make change, attempt something that might not work, is finding the balance between confidence and vulnerability.
Enter Brene Brown, a professor and author who has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy.
She argues–and her research supports this–that our vulnerability can be our greatest strength. By sharing our own struggles, we build meaningful connection with others. That connection, forged in honesty and vulnerability, is built to last. Which in turn, gives us confidence to move forward in the direction of our dreams.
If you haven’t seen, go watch her inspiring TED Talk, The Power of Vulnerability. If you’ve already seen, watch it again.
Either way, you’ll be glad you did.