Today’s topic is a doozy: vulnerability. It’s not a topic people like to talk about because we don’t like to admit that we’re not perfect. We don’t like others knowing that we’re not the rock star they think we are all the time. No, we’re less-than-perfect. But the good news is that that’s OK.
As much as you may think the secret to success is being right all the time, it’s just as often, if not more often, about being wrong. But, not just about being wrong, but about your ability to transform the wrong into something very right. This ability not only makes you stand out as someone who is a leader, it also gives you unlimited power and potential. When you’re able to see beyond the mistake you’ve made to what can be done with what you’ve learned you’ve freed yourself from being someone who just makes mistakes to someone who transforms.
We don’t really have a choice in whether or not we have vulnerabilities, each of us do. But when we choose to show them to other people it gives us first and foremost a connection with them. When they see that we’re not perfect, they feel more comfortable with being honest with us about the struggles they’re dealing with. Think about your relationships. When you’re acting like you’re always right and always capable and don’t admit any weaknesses to your partner very often your partner tends to resent you for having it all together. But by being honest with your partner about the things you do struggle with it’s easier to work together to fix the issues and support each other through your personal struggles.
Today I encourage you to reveal even a little glimpse of your vulnerabilities and weaknesses to someone important to you. Let them know that you’re human and that their support and encouragement matters to you.
“In reality, vulnerability is a strength. All great leaders have vulnerability. So, in order to help you grow into a more powerful and courageous leader, I want you to be vulnerable.” Darren Hardy