In one of my business classes, my professor had us all watch a TED Talk called The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown. I had never really thought much about what it means to be a vulnerable person until we were challenged to see how this is applied to our lives and being a strong leader.
When most people hear the word vulnerable, we often think of it as being a sign of weakness. That if a person shows how open they can be, it leads them to being used and hurt. A quick search for the definition of vulnerability is this, “the quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.” So, if being vulnerable leaves an open door for pain, why would anyone want to say that they possess such a characteristic?
I think what people often miss by the brief definition and understanding of vulnerability is that maybe, just maybe, it makes you stronger.
Yes, being open and raw with others can lead to pain, but from that pain we learn to grow. Instead of trying to hide ourselves and put on a perfect facade for others, we should be candid about who we are. Doing this allows us to determine our own happiness with life that no one else can take away.
I really love the quote above by Brené Brown. The strength it takes to show the world our true selves is more than it takes to pretend like everything is perfect. Not having to worry about our performance to the world can break down the walls to the amount innovation and creativity, we may have never known we had. We can find clarity in who we are.
Vulnerability is NOT a weakness, but an emphasis on what we can handle everyday, to grow and become better.
What do you think about vulnerability? How has being vulnerable affected your own life?
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