How Vulnerability Makes Us Stronger

You aren’t weak when you choose to let down your guard


How Vulnerability Makes Us Stronger

You aren’t weak when you choose to let down your guard

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How Vulnerability Makes Us Stronger

Imagine that you made a mistake at work and decided to own up to it in front of your boss or coworkers. Or that you had a big fight with your partner and chose to be the first to apologize. You just made a decision to be vulnerable.

In the past, the idea of vulnerability was usually associated with weakness. Being vulnerable meant being susceptible to being hurt; showing vulnerability was the same as showing weakness.

In recent years, the word vulnerability has come to be used in a broader context — as in when you choose to share parts of yourself that you might be tempted to keep hidden. If you choose to show vulnerability with another person, that’s not a sign of weakness. It’s a conscious choice.

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In person or virtual?

If you adjusted to remote work during the pandemic, you may be struggling to get back in the rhythm of things. I fully admit that I have gotten comfortable in my Covid cocoon and getting back to in-person living has been a bit of an adjustment.

When asked to speak again for my friends at @skyrealtyaustin at the beautiful @hyattlostpines, I jumped at the chance. This small but mighty team is awesome, energetic, and fun, and I was honored to be back with them! That said, wearing shoes instead of slippers and changing out of yoga pants did require some effort.

While it may be easier to meet virtually, there is no substitute for the connections that are made when we are face to face. If you’re struggling to get back into the swing of things, take baby steps and get out of your comfort zone. Learning to socialize after long periods of isolation is a skill, and it’s one that requires practice. #skyrealty #austin #hyattlostpines #resilience #socialconnection #bettertogether #professionaldevelopment #keynotespeaker


Anne Grady is a Speaker, Author, and #TruthBomb Dropper.

Anne shares practical strategies that can be applied both personally and professionally to improve relationships, navigate change, and triumph over adversity. And she’ll make you laugh while she does it. Anne is a two time TEDx speaker, and her work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Fast Company and Inc. magazines, CNN, ESPN, and FOX Business. She is the best selling author of 52 Strategies for Life, Love & Work and Strong Enough: Choosing Courage, Resilience and Triumph.

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