I often suggest to my students that they become more "vulnerable" in their work. As artists, it seems that vulnerability is the key to being happy, sustainable and growing a real business over time. Check out this post where I link to Brené Brown; the vulnerability guru.
So here's an embarrassing "vulnerability" story: My wife and I are high school sweethearts. We were going on our first real date. We went to watch Mission Impossible starring Tom Cruise. This was 16 years ago. My brother was home on leave from the Marine Corps at the time and I recall him telling me that I had a bit too much Hugo Boss cologne on. I didn't care.
When we got to the movie theatre I was trying to play it cool. I had never been on a real date so I didn't want to screw it up. About 1/3 of the way into the movie I started having intense stomach cramps. Apparently, I was having some anxiety issues (I know why now). This makes sense because well...have you seen mine wife?!? She's beautifulmazing! Seriously.
I spent the next 1/3 of the movie in the bathroom of the movie theatre lobby while my future wife was sitting alone watching Tom Cruise. I came back and played it cool like it's normal to spend a large chunk of your first date in the bathroom.
If you're interested in becoming more vulnerable and have about 20 minutes then check out Brenê Brown's TED Talk below.
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