Leaning into discomfort, it’s what the creative professional does if they plan to be successful. Brene Brown, researcher, storyteller and TED presenter, helps explain why we’re so miserable except for when we do. This is the closest thing to video therapy I’ve witnessed.
Vulnerability and creativity are intertwined. As soon as we learn to be ashamed of our creative selves we need someone protecting our back. Shame is fear; we fear exile once our unique brand of humanity is discovered. Am I worthy of your affection, admiration, respect; venture further along the career path the fear of shame only gets worse.
At its root is permission to suck; overcoming embracing shame and its excruciating vulnerability. “I’m smart enough, I’m good enough and gosh darn it, people like me.” – Stuart Smalley.
You betcha, it’s joke-bait. That’s because shame fundamental to being human – the need for a sense of worthiness – it gives us the courage to lean into discomfort. Our connectiveness to others, our feeling of worthiness, and moreover, our compassion to be kind to ourselves, gives us the courage to be imperfect. In other words: Forgo who you think you should be for the genuine article; the unaffected you.