Monday, October 24, 2011

A TEDX Talk - Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability

You know TED, right? Ideas worth spreading? Even if you don't know TED, I'm going to pretend that you said, "Yes, of course!" while you drop everything to redeem yourself here. I've found so much inspiration for my photography work and life in general from the talks I've come across on TED. Today I want to share a TEDX talk by Brene Brown entitled The Power of Vulnerability. It's been almost one year since I watched this talk but I recently came across my notes and was inspired once again. The TED website describes her talk like this:

"Brene Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.

The talk is about 20 minutes long and I don't think you'll regret watching it:

Here are some of my "take-aways" from this inspiring talk:
  • Let go of who I think I should be in order to be who I am.
  • Fully embrace vulnerability.
  • We can't selectively numb emotions. When we numb the bad ones, we numb the good ones, too.
  • Am I losing my tolerance for vulnerability?
  • Vulnerability is the birthplace of joy, love, belonging, creativity, and faith.
  • I can practice vulnerability by 
    • Practicing gratitude and honoring what's ordinary in my life
    • Allowing myself to experience joy & love.
What do you think about being vulnerable? Do you think it's a good or bad thing to be vulnerable? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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