Wow, I watched a really interesting video on TED this morning as I was doing my running. It’s one of those TED videos which you perhaps might not have chosen to watch, but whilst I was looking around, it seemed the only one I hadn’t watched on my iPad out of all the featured talks on the first page, so I pressed play and let it run.
Pleasantly surprised, NO!
More like amazed and inspired by the message that was coming from Brene Brown. She talks about the unspoken epidemic of shame and where those emotional states stem from, but what it ultimately means to be vulnerable and boy I can tell you that this hit a few new notes!
What I mean is that it gave me some serious food for thought and I wanted to share that with you. Plus I’m on a bit of a drive to increase my blogging after being inspired by Seth Godin’s blog.
In Brene’s talk she mentions that many businesses have asked her to go speak at their conferences but not to mention the notions of shame and vulnerability. Instead they always want her to talk about creativity, innovation etc. Whilst these are great, she claims that innovation and creativity stems from the opening up of oneself to be vulnerable, thereby allowing these other states to flow.
What a profound thought. In fact as I thought more and more about it, it’s absolutely true. I can think back to many a time where in order to move forward, whether personally or in some engineering challenge, I’ve often had to drop all barriers and just go for it, pushing fear aside, letting myself become absolutely vulnerable.
What’s powerful is that when we can be like this on a daily basis, it becomes a habit, normal for us to sweep fear aside and just go with it. After all, if you do fail, which you will at some point in your life or business, you have lots to learn from it.
Anyways, today’s thought is simply this, be more vulnerable and things will grow from your openness to receive the messages coming from the universe.