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There’s a great quote by Theodore Roosevelt that says:


We all have our personal worthy causes. It may be starting a new business, pursuing a dream, or doing something completely new that you’ve never done before.  It takes courage to do these things. But more importantly, it takes vulnerability.  It’s hard to put yourself out there.  It feels scary and dangerous sometimes to be seen.  But it’s not as scary and dangerous as getting to the end of our lives & thinking what if, I would have shown up.   

Brene Brown has a lot to say about this. She is a research professor at the University of Houston. She has spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, empathy, and shame.  She gave a famous TED Talk, and is the author of four books:  Daring Greatly, The Gifts of Imperfection, Rising Strong and Braving the Wilderness.

She says ““Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen... Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”


I have provided a link at the end of this blog of Brene Brown being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, which will give you a short synopsis of what the ability to dare greatly is really all about.

When you can allow yourself to take the risk, to be open, to live as a whole-hearted person, when you can do that, you recognize that you’re just like everybody else, which gives you the confidence to be yourself.  Which is all you really need in life. Vulnerability, the willingness to be “all in” even when you know it can mean failing and hurting, is brave. Courage is contagious. Every time we are brave with our lives, we make the people around us a little braver and our organizations bolder and stronger.

Know that the critics will always be there. Reserve a seat for them.  Also, know that the biggest critic in the arena is normally you.  We will always care about what people think, but don’t let yourself be defined by it.  Unless they are in the arena fighting too, their opinion really shouldn’t matter to you. Be the whole-hearted person you were meant to be, with the courage to be imperfect.  Because when we fight through the fear, self-doubt, comparison, anxiety, & uncertainty, we come through the other side to love, belonging, joy, empathy, creativity, and innovation.  Without vulnerability, you can not create.

There is only one difference between people that have a strong sense of love and belonging and the people that struggle with it.  The people that have it, believe they are worthy of it.  Know, that you have value and that you are worthy.  Love yourself enough to know that your imperfections are gifts, that people can relate to.  “Our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”  So Dare Greatly, keep swinging and be a warrior of who you are.

"Dr. Brené Brown says she was raised, like many others, to believe vulnerability is a weakness. In fact, she says, you can't have true courage unless you open yourself up to vulnerability. Watch to find out why sharing your feelings—and having hard conversations—is the only way to dare greatly in life."


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