Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.

Are you brave enough to be vulnerable?

I’ve thought about vulnerability off and on for the past few months after watching Brené Brown’s 2010 TED Talk.

I often wonder if I can bare my soul. Can I publicly and honestly share how I feel or what I think? Being vulnerable means taking risks. Am I willing to fail in such a publicly way?

More and more I think being creative, whether in the traditional sense of the creative arts or in the sense of problem-solving or starting new programs or businesses, is about vulnerability. You have to be willing to take action and make decisions that exposes you to criticism and failure. To make connection of any sort, as well, requires that you reach out and live authentically. No matter how much it may hurt in the end.

I find Brown’s talk inspiring and am very glad she decided to be vulnerable and share her work with TED and others.

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