So Brene Brown is a research professor who has spent 2 decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She has been on “Ted talks,” #1 New York Times best selling Author, and she is a podcast host, and film lecturer on Netflix. She said “The bottom line: I believe that you have to walk through vulnerability to get to courage, therefore . . . embrace the suck. I try to be grateful every day and my motto right now is “Courage over comfort.” I do NOT believe that cussing and praying are mutually exclusive. And, I absolutely believe that the passing lane is for passing only.” She reports that she has been married to Steve for almost 25 years and they have two amazing kids, Ellen and Charlie. Embrace the suck what a statement. I love it. Maybe not really easy to do but that is the game changer it is. We all have difficulties in our lives. And the story we tell ourselves about those difficulties makes all the difference on whether or not we walk through them.
Brene did an interview with CEO Magazine and the name of it is “Failure is part of the ride.” Brene’s communication is warm and engaging, she uses humor as she tells of the 7 years of study including 150 Interviews with C-suite executives as she studied leadership. “It didn’t matter where they were or the team they were leading,” notes Brown. “Whether they were in the States, Australia, Singapore, or anywhere else in the world, they all said the same thing; that they wanted to have the tools to lead with courage. And to do that, daring leaders need to embrace vulnerability. Later she said “I define a leader as anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes, and who has the courage to develop that potential.” So we can all be leaders, in our families, groups, work, church. Hopefully you are taking responsibility and showing the courage to develop potential in others. We are here for each other and to improve each other’s lives.
Brene is just as firm with her view that vulnerability goes hand-in-hand with that courage saying, “The courage to be vulnerable is not about winning or losing, it’s about the courage to show up when you can’t predict or control the outcome.” Because the truth of the matter is no one can control or predict all of the outcomes around them. So a couple family members were on a road trip to Arizona last week to see their kids. It was about 9 AM so it was light out beautiful sunny weather. They were about 15 mins out of town on a 2 lane highway when a guy in a pickup veered onto the soft shoulder then overcorrected meeting them head on collision at about 70 MPH. The sports utility vehicle they were in started to crumple in and around them from the front and down the passenger side as the truck went all the way past them. The windshield shattered violently in tiny pebbles bursting past them and filling the floor of the car.
We find the courage to move past the feeling of being vulnerable. We think of the number of years that we had gone without an accident and the small number that get in one compared to the huge number that drive each day. So what other ways can you move through vulnerability and get to courage in your life?
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