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Live With No Guarantees

Vulnerability pushed, I pushed back. I lost the fight — but probably won my life back.

-Brené Brown

About Neissa

by Neissa Springmann

As mentioned a few weeks ago, myself and eleven other iGnite leaders and members attended the Texas Conference for Women. Brené Brown, an inspirational researcher and story teller, was one of the keynote speakers who spoke on the power of vulnerability. I must be honest, my first reaction to vulnerability is weakness, because if you’re vulnerable you are weak and cowardly, right? But, it wasn’t until Brené described it in her terms that I completely grasped the full power and potential of vulnerability, which is brilliant!

One of the stories Brené told was about a young man who randomly stopped her after watching her talk on TED.com. He explained that her talk inspired him to tell his girlfriend that he loved her; however, his vulnerable moment didn’t turn out as he had hoped. His girlfriend did not return the enduring gesture and told him they should see other people.

Unfortunately, this young man’s story didn’t end the way he had hoped, but I absolutely think he did the right thing. Obviously, this girl wasn’t the one he was supposed to be with and, as we all know, experiencing a broken heart is part of life and what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Furthermore, if we lead and live our lives with our whole hearts, meaning we get out of our logical and non-risk-taking heads, disappointment and heartache may certainly be an occasional result, however we will live with no regrets nor “what if’s” and live a life filled with joy!

In essence, whether or not we lead with our heads or our hearts, life will always be filled with distressing moments that can and will harden our hearts and cause us to avoid taking risks and experience potential failure. However, to use the words of Brené, which are also heard in the video of the week, “Stop controlling and predicting, and do something with no guarantees.” Dang that’s good stuff and I highly encourage you to take the twenty minutes and watch this life-changing (and funny) talk!

Point To Ponder:
Do previous disappointments prevent you from taking risks and enjoying life to the fullest?

Action Item:
Do something that you have always wanted to do but fear has prevented you from doing so.

Be Inspired at the Texas Conference For Women

The Texas Conference for Women is right around the corner! Taking place on Wednesday, October 24th at the Austin Convention Center, the Conference is an opportunity to learn from, be inspired by and connect with some of the best and brightest women in the country.

A few of the sessions we’re looking forward to most are…

  • Using Your Professional Skills to Make a Difference
  • Embracing Our Ever-Changing Body
  • Creating Your Happiness Project: A Conversation with Gretchen Rubin, best-selling author of “Happier at Home” and “The Happiness Project”
  • Savvy Smart Spending
  • How Great Women Lead
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love and Lead

Who’s joining us?! For more information, visit the Texas Conference for Women website. Many iGnite leaders and members will be in attendance and would love to see you!