The Power Of Vulnerability & The Courage To Be Imperfect

I watch a lot of TED Talks. They are generally informative and insightful. However, this talk by Brené Brown totally rocked my world. Her comments on courage and vulnerability really resonated with me. Brown is a “vulnerability researcher & professor at the University of Houston.” Her research is on “authenticity, shame and courage.”

Being intentionally vulnerable is something that I have tried to embrace in my daily life. It’s interesting to me how some people have reacted to my way of being. Public vulnerability for a guy is sadly not seen as a way of being strong. However, according to Brown, it’s the only way to be happy…and I agree with her.

Brown asks the following questions:

How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy?

I think I’m going to watch this talk again…it’s so good.

When you don’t have all the answers

My office at OSU

A friend and I were talking about being vulnerable. How it is okay to be vulnerable even when we have very public personas and that sometimes we have to admit that things can be difficult. Today, with 16 days left at OSU, I had an academic advising appointment that really shook my soul.

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