V is for Vulnerability: and its Okay


Vulnerable is the only way we can feel when we do something for the first time, when we truly share the innovation and art we have made.

When we share it, when we connect, we have shifted all the power and made ourselves naked in front of the person we have given the gift of art and innovation to.

We have no excuses, no manual to point to, no standard operating procedure to protect us. And that is part of our gift.

When you are vulnerable people connect more to whatever it is that you are doing.

The power of vulnerability taught me I don’t have to maintain a superhero image and it’s OK to let people see my more vulnerable side.

If we are going to talk about the work that we do as a form of creativity, innovation and art (as I believe it is), we have to be able to ask ourselves (in a very deep and serious way): what makes our work, our story, our art resonate? What makes it work? What gets people (or our fellow workers) interested in the work we do and stories we tell? We can talk about the value of talent and we can talk about our passions, dedication to the cause, consistency at producing results and everything else, but we have to be able to dig a little deeper.

Your work should have substance, depth and soul. Your work should connect and touch people around you.

Its important not to pitch important work or idea very lightly without the substance and not strong and deep enough to influence people. Being vulnerable does not mean being emotional in an endeavor to manipulate people to do something, it means being human to connect and respond to people’s emotions.

When you pitch something new for the first time, when you release that book for the first time, when your business introduces an innovative product, you are going to receive both positive and negative feedback, and this means you are going to be vulnerable. Its okay to be vulnerable.

Confidence attracts, vulnerability endears.

If you love what you do, you will be vulnerable. To love is to be vulnerable.


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