Dr. Brene Brown on The Power of Vulnerability

Jacqui and I talked about this video on our call on January 24th in response to a listener’s question. The listener wanted advice on how to manage keeping his ADHD from his employees, and the fear he had of losing their respect if they found out.

Listen to the call in the January 24th post below for our response to his question, and watch this powerful video from Dr. Brene Brown. Dr. Brown led an extensive study into human connection with surprising results. Here’s the Readers’ Digest version:

In her research, Dr. Brown found that connection can’t be studied without bringing in love and belonging and worthiness. It just comes up.

Here’s what she found: There are two types of people —

1.) those who have a strong sense of love and belonging and

2.) those who struggle for a sense of love and belonging.

And the only difference between these two groups is this:

People who have a strong sense of love and belonging believe they are worthy of love and belonging.

So why is this important to your ADHD and your business? Because we believe that connection is a big part of your business, and ADHD is a big part of who you are. Because the patterns that emerged out of Dr. Brown’s research showed what these “wholehearted” people, as she calls them, had in common was a sense of courage — the courage to be imperfect. It takes courage to put yourself out there every day, to make connections, to be imperfect, to let people “see” you.

The other things wholehearted people have in common are the compassion to be kind to themselves first and then to others, because you can’t show compassion to others if you can’t first be kind to yourself; and lastly, they had connection as a result of authenticity — they were willing to let go of who they thought they should be in order to be who they were. These are things we talk about and around in business, and wish we saw more of.

And one other thing the wholehearted had in common was this: They fully embraced vulnerability. They believed that what made them vulnerable made them beautiful.

We hope you enjoy the video.

Marcia and Jacqui

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