How open are you?
When you’re striving to succeed, it’s not uncommon to worry that revealing too much of yourself, especially the parts which show doubt or fear, will make you appear weak. But did you know being vulnerable is key to the success of today?
It can seem especially hard if you’re used to thinking in terms of what success used to mean. It’s not uncommon to feel like you might derail yourself entirely, even by admitting how you feel to yourself. How in the world can you possibly share deeply with others? And why would you want to?
You’re going to find in today’s world, success takes on new appearances. Vulnerability is what makes you real. People want to be able to relate to you. They want to buy your story more than they want your product. They need to know who you are.
If this seems hard to understand, thinks about these three ways vulnerability helps you to find new success:
When people feel confident they know who you are, they tend to trust you more. You’re not some figurehead, touting a brand, or a fake persona attempting to be something you’re not. You have credibility when you’re vulnerable. You seem more honest. It’s this honesty people are attracted to.
Because you seem to be on the up and up, they’re more likely to want to work with you, whatever your goal. This applies to your business and your personal life. Relationships with vulnerability become deeply intimate. Being vulnerable with your peers strengthens friendships: you showing trust by letting others know the real you.
When you’re vulnerable, you tend to be more open to trying things, especially when it comes to doing something new. You’re saying you’re ok with the outcome when you’re vulnerable. You find yourself letting go of perfectionism, and being more adventurous, ready to explore new avenues. Creativity abounds in these circumstances.
When you’re vulnerable, you’re more likely to identify the areas where you’re not confident, especially where you need help. You’ll feel a new security that comes from knowing you’re not alone and that others have your back. The nice thing? Showing your vulnerability encourages vulnerability in others. Sharing vulnerability is a bonding experience.
Vulnerability is one of those things which goes a long way toward success for everyone around you, not just for you. The fact you’re able to open up encourages others to do the same. When you do, the results speak for themselves.