“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin
I’ve read articles written by every one of the talented ladies over here at Renegade Chicks (and the gentlemen who contribute as Renegade Suits). It’s clear every one of the contributors has a unique voice and vision. One particular piece that particularly intrigued me was written by Tyler Brooks about her decision to become less tough and more open. I’ve been reading media and all over the place I’ve been noticing a very positive trend toward feeling more open instead of less. I think it’s a really unique and radical shift whose time has come. Tyler’s story reminded me of the TED talk by Brene Brown on The Power of Vulnerability. Brene Brown is a professor at University of Houston who has written a book entitled “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead.” I recommend it highly. Sometimes it appears, at least to me, society values being hard and not being overly trusting and open to people and experiences. But deep down, don’t you wonder if it also cuts you off from the joy of life?
It’s a refreshingly radical idea. By becoming more vulnerable and taking those risks that expose you, you are opening the door to becoming more successful in many aspects of life. And it’s more than that – it’s the possibility of daring. It’s the possibility of being creatively pro-active instead of reactive. It’s putting yourself out there and how you can open the doors that you only feel are shut to you. What makes this concept so intriguing to me is that it’s something that you can control. You aren’t subject to fears about whatever the world throws at you. And, while vulnerability might seem to work more on a personal level, these concepts can be used on a professional level as well.
The best bosses and leaders I have known and met have been and are inspiring and risk-taking, as well as being empathetic and socially intelligent. The happiest people I know have taken risks I would never dream to take. The best loves, best books, best art, best anything – it’s because someone took the risk to create them. I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t hedge your bets. Go all in.
Also, I love TED Talks. There are tons of riveting and amazing stories and ideas in this wide world that are worth checking out. Here’s the TED website!
What are the best ideas you’ve been reading about? Has anyone been sparking your imagination? Share!