Vulnerability: A Weakness or a Strength?

I was flicking through Twitter one day when I happened to come across the I Am That Girl campaign.

From one tweet I was then led to a YouTube video of a US TEDx talk with Emily Greener, the co-founder and CEO of the IATG collective.

She was charismatic, intelligent, loud and proud, and out there to inspire…

SO…  why on earth was she talking about vulnerability then?

She didn’t look like the vulnerable type at all!

I listened intently to everything she had to say right to the very end of her TEDx spiel and, to be honest, I wasn’t really convinced at first.

But the concept of ‘vulnerability’ kept on creeping up on me in one form or another afterwards. Strange, I know, but true.

Sure, we may not necessarily use the actual word ‘vulnerability’ in all our everyday conversations, but you know we probably use its synonyms much more often than we think: insecure, unsafe, unstable, weak, at-risk…

Seriously, after reading the dictionary definition you can’t help get the feeling that ‘vulnerability’ is a pretty negative thing; or at least something you wouldn’t feel comfortable talking about with other people.

But after mulling over what Greener said in her speech, I began to see that vulnerability really isn’t just about the bad (as the dictionary may suggest).

In fact, like Greener said, vulnerability can be very empowering.

How?

By becoming more aware of the truth about ourselves (the good as well as the bad) we actually can see ourselves and others as being precisely what we are – human.

There’s really no point in pretending that we are perfect or superhuman to ourselves or to others.

While we don’t have to proclaim our shortcomings to the world, there really shouldn’t be any need for us to fear if people see our faults or defects. Everyone has them after all!

Vulnerability is actually a means that we can use to connect with ourselves and with others – that’s what I got from Greener’s TEDx talk.

SO… watch Greener’s speech for yourselves and give ‘vulnerability’ a rethink.

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