“You’re imperfect and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.”
While going through a pretty low point in my life, I was graciously offered the opportunity to take an emotional intelligence and leadership training program, while starting my life over at the age of 41. As part of the program one of the assignments was to watch Brené Brown’s – The Power of Vulnerability Ted Talk. It opened my eyes to my weakness – which was my inability to be vulnerable and show empathy- I had been hurt so bad – that being tough was my defense mechanism, no matter who it meant I hurt. I learned what I was missing in my life only I could provide – my innate worthiness. I began to believe I was worthy of being loved – of having healthy relationships, a loving family, positive mentors and last but not least the dream I carried with me all my life. It is an ongoing battle, which is why I continue to turn to Brené Brown and her library of wisdom for reminders. Brené Brown, helped plant the seed within to discover The Worthiness Factor, and I am forever thankful.
Video Link: The Power of Vulnerability
" Make sure when you fall you land on your back if you can look up you can get up.”
August 12, 2011 my dream was yet affirmed again when I met Les Brown in person. I was standing in a long line to meet him after he spoke at a local church. After only a few minutes my friend said to me, “we are never going to get a book- look at all those people in line,” to which I replied “yes we are, it is meant to be!” Then before he could reply the young man in line ahead of us turned around and said “You bet it is! I am his son and I am taking you to the front of the line to meet my dad.” And that is how I met Les Brown, but it’s what happened after we were introduced that changed my paradigm. Les asked me what I did and at that time I was running my own consulting firm called 7&Co. He said “I love the number seven, I want to hire you.” Humbled I explained I was actually going to slow down and work on pursuing my dream of becoming an author and professional speaker, to which he replied, “I know you will do it, you are going to speak to hundreds of thousands of people and I look forward to being in the audience.” I thanked him and his son and walked away glowing and my self-belief was once again ignited! Les Brown’s Keep Digging speech, has gotten me through some of the most challenging times in my life, I listen to it often and use it to motivate me when I need to get back on track. Yes, Les Brown was a Knight in Shining Armor I channeled to help save me from myself.
Video Link - Keep Digging