Vulnerability is an essential part of being open and deeply connected.
Yet we learn at a very early age to protect ourselves from being vulnerable. In the process we shut ourselves off from our true strength and the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Dr. Brene Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability shows weakness. She says it is in truth our most accurate measure of courage.
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I had the opportunity of attending an International Coaching Conference (ICF) in London last year with Brene Brown as one of the keynote speakers. Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work where she has spent the past 10 years studying courage, shame and authenticity. She was everything I imagined her to be charismatic, humourous and authentic. Well worth taking the time to listen.
Letting go of who we think we should be and embracing who we really are allows us to be authentic. It connects us to ourselves and others. In a world where “never enough” dominates we learn to hide who we are and market ourselves as who we think others want us to be. It takes courage to face our vulnerabilities.
As Socrates said “The unexamined life is not worth living for a human being.”
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