The Power of Vulnerability

Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage and authenticity and poses the following question in an insightful and inspirational talk:

How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy?

The opening is particularly engaging – there is debate as to whether presentations, speeches and the like should open with the word ‘so’ but it works here.

We are enough.  That’s all.  Easy to say; harder to believe.  A lesson for business is that you don’t have to have barriers up all the time – let others see a little of ‘you’ and they will not only connect with you but will remember you.