The Valor of Vulnerability

By: Beth Ferester & Company | Published 06/28/2019


A few weeks ago, I was scrolling around on my Netflix account, looking for something interesting to watch. I had spent way too much time binge-watching Sneaky Pete on Amazon (which is awesome, by the way), and I wanted to find something that might be considered a good use of my time. Suddenly, I stumbled on Brené Brown’s new special, The Case for Courage. I had heard of Brené Brown as a Ted Talk sensation, and knew that she specialized in vulnerability. I decided to give her special a chance, and I was very happy that I did. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she studies courage, shame, vulnerability, and empathy. She has five New York Times bestsellers, and the best thing about her is that she is REAL and FUNNY. Her special centers around her discovery that courage cannot exist without vulnerability, and she encourages the crowd to try to think of an example of a time when someone was courageous that didn’t require some level of vulnerability. Nobody succeeds. She also addresses the topic of belonging vs. fitting in. Pointing out that we are “hard-wired” for belonging and that trying to “fit in” leads to disconnection, she presents the following quote: “True belonging doesn’t require that we CHANGE who we are. It requires that we BE who we are.” What an amazing case this presents for authentic leadership in both our personal and professional lives, and what a great example to pass to our children who are dealing with all of the pressures of social media in their lives...... to continue reading please go to

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