Brené’s TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 30 million views.
In starting a new business in a space that’s untapped in the digital arena I’ve had to look at putting myself into the spotlight. To show my and therefore my business authenticity. Now most people who know me would assume that I’d be fine with that, I was the first to say yes to a party; actually I’d be organizing it. I had no problem walking into a crowded room not knowing a soul. I could be centre of attention or part of the crowd as long as it was social I was there.
And then here comes the but
Coming up to 8 years ago now, life decided I need to learn about betrayal and show me in no uncertain terms how truly weak I was. Let’s just say I didn’t cope so well (understatement of the year).
I saw myself as a failure because I fell so hard, so to cope with both the deceit and the fact it destroyed me. I went numb. Couldn’t cope, shut it down feel no more please – I’m broken.
Life goes on as it does, so I went on in my numb pain free state. My loves, my family and friends, champagne and oysters were still all there but unfortunately being numb to the pain meant I was numb to happiness even red wine and dark chocolate (yes I pair everything) couldn’t brighten my soul.
To skip paragraphs of recluse pain and therapy I’ll get to the turning point in 2014. In all my numb pain and joy free glory, I was blessed enough to become a mother again to gorgeous little girl Rose Elizabeth. At that time and still now 8 years on, I deal with the repercussions of that deceit. Lucky enough my greatest achievement is my three children and there is nothing like the eyes of your newborn watching you tackle life’s journey with pure love, trust and yes vulnerability that snaps you into a reality that you can ( be brave Bridgette ) and must live in.
So while Brene says embrace the fear and pain to experience joy and happiness, I’m not exactly at the embrace stage but I certainly don’t hide when it comes knocking.
So here in the post is my new bravery, my vulnerability, it’s me. I was going to share this fantastic TED x talk with a little paragraph of random blah at the start. I decided It’s certainly time I stopped hiding and well it’s what I encourage you all to do.
So walk your talk and I hope you enjoy Brene Brown’s take on Vulnerability.
Brené Brown, Ph.D.
Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor She has spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers – The Gifts of Imperfection.