Tonight my husband and I attended a political fundraiser event that I was on the host committee for where politicians from both sides of the aisle participated in a talent show / variety show. There was everything from legislators performing a Riverdance celtic dance to Congresswomen singing Broadway tunes from Wicked and Hamilton to the Lt Governor playing his guitar in a rock band to the State Attorney General rapping. It was an evening of entertainment not to be forgotten!
The thing I loved the most about tonight was watching these people being willing to totally put themselves out there in a very vulnerable way…they all went out of their comfort zones and put aside their suits and ties and their formal professional selves and they shared a totally different side of themselves with all of us.
As I watched them perform I couldn’t help but think how much more we are endeared to people when we get to see their authentic selves and when they are willing to put themselves out there for us in a vulnerable way.
“Being vulnerable is scary…that’s just the way it is. However, that doesn’t mean that you should avoid putting yourself out there at all costs. Quite the opposite actually! The only way to form real deep and meaningful connections to get exactly what you want and need, and to grow as a person is to put yourself out there. Fully and completely.” –Stephanie Zamora
When people allow you to see who they are – all sides of them – the formal, the fun, the serious, and the silly – it really makes you love them so much more and it helps them connect with others in a much more meaningful way.
We can’t wait to perfect our talents to put them out there in front of others. In fact, sharing our imperfect talents is a far greater tool for connecting with others because
“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together. “ -Brene Brown
Just as we love people who put themselves out there in front of us, others will love us more when we put ourselves out there in front of them. Drop your guard, get comfortable in your own skin, forget the pretense, share who you are and allow others to see your talents and your imperfections…let them know the real you.
Have an awesome day!
~Amy Rees Anderson