Vulnerability Can Lead to Success

Our willingness to own and engage with our vulnerability determines the depth of our courage and the clarity of our purpose. - Brene Brown

Even just speaking the word “vulnerable” can feel uncomfortable to some people. But what many people don’t know is that openness and sincerity can help us in our personal lives as well as our professional endeavors.

Vulnerability can seem like a scary thing, but it can lead to our greatest strengths. Last year some well-respected, big and strong athletes set the tone by revealing a more vulnerable side of themselves when they admitted to struggling with anxiety, depression and grief. This simple recognition of weakness has turned out to be a significant strength in their lives because instead of hiding challenges, they moved past them.

Vulnerability isn’t about gaining sympathy. It’s about recognizing what you are experiencing as a normal part of life. Remember, we are all human. By acknowledging our own humanness,...

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Turn Your Spark Into a Blaze

If you’re not passionate then you’re wasting your time.
–Unknown

When life feels ho-hum and hum-drum, it is time get out there and stir things up a little bit! Find what excites and inspires you. Figure out the thing you are most passionate about.

The following is a collection of ideas that can help you dig deeper, past the surface of a typical day, and into where your passions could lie. Take a glance at the list in whatever way you like and then try out some of the activities that you connect with. Even if it feels a bit silly or cheesy, go ahead and be vulnerable with yourself. Take a risk to find which spark of inspiration could be the very thing that grows into a huge blaze of passion for you!

Spend more time with art. Get a membership to the art museum. Find an art school in your area and visit their gallery or attend regular shows. Download the DailyArt app that gives you a piece of art to look at each day, complete with a bit of art history as...

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A Bigger Purpose Makes Problems Smaller

He who has a “why” to live for can bear almost any “how”. –Friedrich Nietzsche

Have you ever met one of those people who is extremely passionate about what they do, even if the circumstances in which they do it aren’t the best? Sometimes we look at people who do the hard things and wonder how they do it. And the answer to the “how” is found in the “why”.

If you really want to know how someone does something (even the most difficult of things), you’ll need to look behind the scenes into the why. In order to truly understand, you’ll need to find out what motivates them—what they are passionate about. Because when passion turns into purpose, folks can be motivated to overcome almost any difficult circumstances in order to fulfill their purpose.

Nelson Mandela is an incredible example of a person who had a passion and a purpose, and these “whys” gave him motivation to live above his circumstances....

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Who Do You Think you Are?

Much more important than the expectations and opinions of others is understanding who you are. This is not about what your name is, what your job is or what your roles are in relationship to others. This is about being willing to look at yourself objectively, determine that you have value, and take a look at what your purpose is in life. This is about coming to terms with who you are—not who others think you are.

When you discover who you are, you can find freedom from the constraints of others’ opinions and expectations. You can discover wisdom that helps you make decisions on how to move forward. And you can experience less inner conflict as your actions match up more effectively with your identity.

But how can you find out exactly who you are?

Well, the simplest way is by walking down the path of self-reflection. For some people, this may feel a bit uncomfortable at first. Many people avoid self-reflection because looking in that proverbial mirror might...

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Let the Loudest Voice You Hear Come from Passion, Purpose & Vision

Voices in our world today come in all shapes and sizes—and volumes. And the loud ones? Well, those certainly aren’t always the best ones! In fact, the loudest voices that you hear may be working against you and stealing away a great deal of your joy. Making conscious choices about what we choose to hear and do can change everything about the way we live our lives.

Where Do Loud Voices Come From?

Loud voices often come from the bullies in the room. Those people who have to rely on sheer volume in order to be heard may not actually be worth listening to! Maybe the loudest voices you are listening to come from famous or rich people from the internet or in your personal life. Loud voices may not even originate from an individual but from cultural norms and expectations and messages that you have believed.

Loud voices can also come from inside ourselves. These internal voices often originate in childhood—many times as a form self-protection or an attempt to act as a...

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Chasing Your Passion Like It's the Last Bus of the Night

Chase down your passion like it’s the last bus of the night.
–Terri Guillemets

If you’re a person who has ever relied on public transportation, then you know what it’s like to desperately need to catch a bus. Especially if it’s the last bus of the night! If you don’t get it? Well, you’ll be stuck in a place where you just don’t belong.

Sometimes, people wake up in the middle of their lives and wonder how we got to where they are. You might be asking yourself if you missed the bus—or got on the wrong bus. Chasing your passion is sort of like catching the “bus” of life. First, we need to make sure we know what our passions are (getting the right bus) and then we need to run to catch that bus!

Define Your Passions.

If you’re thinking that you’d love to chase your passions but you haven’t yet defined them, you’re certainly not alone. Many people have been living so long to please others that they...

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How To Make Every Day Count

Have you ever considered the fact that you will never have today again? This day, once it’s finished, will simply be part of the past. For some people, this might be very good news. If today has been a challenging day for you, then you might be looking forward to its conclusion! But if you’re enjoying your day, then you may never want it to end.

In either case, today is really the only thing that you have power over. Yesterday has passed. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. So, what are you doing to make today count?!

Consider Your Attitude.

Sometimes just changing your mindset about your day can change everything else too. If you wake up in the morning with dread about what’s ahead, you’ll likely go through your day with an Eeyore-shaped dark cloud floating above you. On the other hand, even when you know that what you have to face might be difficult, you can still look for the silver linings. Changing your attitude can turn a day that had the potential to be...

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How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything!

When you’re looking for success, for adventure, for a new way of living, you don’t need to start by going somewhere. In fact, if you’re unsatisfied with your current situation, the best thing to do is hunker down and ask yourself a few questions.

What is it that you want out of life?

What is right in front of you that you can’t see?

What are you doing that may be sabotaging your happiness or success?

What could you do today that might bring you joy?

 
The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
—Marcel Proust

Start by looking at yourself with new eyes. Most of the time, the thing that is getting in the way of success can be found simply by looking the mirror. As children, we create habits in thinking and action based on what we are either taught or learn on our own. Often times, these habits and mindsets are not based on flawed perceptions—and they are not helpful. Good or bad, these habits...

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