Brené Brown on the Power of Vulnerability
Nothing moves me more than stories of failure: making mistakes, being wrong, breakdowns, and in spite of everything, getting ups. It’s just more real, more human, and yes, it’s okay to be human. It’s okay to admit defeat.
In a world of instant gratification and instant success, and books on 10 Easy Ways To Be Happy or Top 5 Strategies To Get Rich Quick, our vision gets easily blurred by these candy-colored promises, and to feel that it is shameful to “fail” because the rest of the world makes it look so easy to “succeed”.
But that’s not really how the world works in this Age of Absurdity. And I think that the sooner we can accept that life is a struggle and embrace our vulnerability, the better for our impatient, self-defeating mind.
Brené Brown manages to talk about this in an entertaining enough manner that elicits laughs from the audience, but in an eloquent and insightful enough manner that really elicits deeper impact and reflection. View an earlier and also really insightful and amusing talk here.
How apt that I should stumble upon Chris Guillebeau’s 2-year-old TEDx talk earlier this morning, on the day of my GK CSI Night talk.
I admire Chris in many ways: for his writing, traveling, goal-setting and legacy-making, and here in this video, his ability to tell stories of his travels in his talk, and influence people to act.
I don’t think I’m all that, or that I’ve got all my shit together. But this is the first talk in which I attempt to talk more than just Punchdrunk Panda’s history. And while I’ve spoken about my company to larger groups before, this talk is especially meaningful to me because I’m delivering it at the GK CSI Night, which my contact person Tricia Aquino claims does not mean to feature social enterprises alone, and yet I feel a certain extent of social contribution is expected of me.
PdP Nostalgia: Talk at Ateneo
Hahaha! Look at what my business partner Gail found!
This was from maybe 1.5-2 years ago (my memory is fuzzy), at a talk for the Ateneo Management Association. Hahaha. Ever since I got my super short haircut, I feel funny looking at pictures like these where I have “long” hair. :P I’m the dark one, by the way (in case you stumble upon my blog and don’t really know me), and my hair is not really long at all. Haha. Looking at the photos makes me feel “nene”.
Anyway, even if Gail and I were fumbling around with our talk (we prepared, mind you), and we were nervous and stuff, it was still fun. I love speaking to college kids and corrupting their minds. I kid. Not. Joke. No, seriously.
Look what I found! :)
My cousin randomly forwarded me this link to ask if I know the owner of the site. I don’t but I remember speaking in a class of maybe just 20 students and talk about entrepreneurship.
If only these kids knew that back then that I (or we) was (were) young and foolish. =)) Anyway, I hope we get invited to more of these sessions. *parinig*
Speaking of, to whoever’s following this blog, please nominate Jennifer Horn to be a speaker at Pecha Kucha.
Click here to know more about the event.
Here’s how to nominate:
- Twitter: Using this format: ‘I nominate @JuanDelaCruz for the #OpenMicNight because…’
- IMMAP’s Official Group Page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/175361742529657
- Through this Event Page wall
- IMMAP’s Like Page: http://www.facebook.com/immapPH (we’ll open the wall soon!)
I’m confident that Jen will be a great speaker! :D
A bit of inspiration to start the week. :)