Enter Brené Brown, from Texas, someone who can kick up some dirt into the faces of all the "power-through" and buck-up Brahmin. She's given us language to talk about that underside, those feelings that really do work to our advantage if we will use them instead of suppress them. She gave us such a gift when she wrote The Gifts of Perfection and Daring Greatly that was born out of her shame and empathy research.
She explores the uncomfortable vulnerability and self-acceptance required to connect with others. This connection is the underpinning for all success and happiness. Your ability to be successful (to belong, to connect, to thrive in your chosen profession) is directly correlated to your willingness to be broken-hearted and vulnerable.
In this short film, the folks of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, better-known as the RSA, teamed up with Katy Davis, an animator to bring to life an excerpt from Brene Brown's RSA 2010 talk. This is abbreviated from her longer lecture on vulnerability. Here, in this clip, we learn the difference between empathy and sympathy.
I highly recommend Dr. Brown's TED talks on vulnerability and shame. I'll include in a later post, I promise! And if you haven't picked up Dr. Brown's books, click on the book jackets below to learn more. They are a wonderful addition to any library on creating a better life. Now click on this video and enjoy!