Remain Curious

One thing I take pride in is my childlike curiosity.  Whenever I see a construction job site, I tend to poke my head in and see what’s going on.  I ask questions.  Sometimes stupid questions, but it doesn’t matter as I am learning.  I always tell myself, so what if I look stupid and so what if I’m vulnerable.  They are probably admiring my ability to ask stupid questions!  Outsiders view vulnerability as strength!  This is what Dr. Brene Brown has shown in her years of research.

“Vulnerability is not weakness. It’s the most accurate measurement of courage.” – Dr. Brené Brown

Brené says “To feel, is to be vulnerable.” So when we consider vulnerability to be a weakness, we consider feeling one’s emotions to be so, too. She says, “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage.” Vulnerability allows them to assess fearlessness, said Brown. “We can measure how brave you are by how vulnerable you’re willing to be.”

What do we think when we hear the word “vulnerable” or “vulnerability”?  We will think of the words, weak, fear, hurt, need protection. However, vulnerability does not equate to weakness.  

“Vulnerability is not winning or losing. It’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness. It’s our greatest measure of courage.” Affirmed by the research professor and author Brené Brown in Rising Strong.

Every one of us has gone through childhood. The time when we were most vulnerable. And from the day we were born until before adulthood, we can’t deny the fact that we were vulnerable. We’re associated with vulnerability. And we need to gain self-awareness for us to be strong.  We need to accept our vulnerability to be strong. We can ask for people to help us in areas that we fall short. That’s when you know that your vulnerability becomes your strength.

You do not need to be afraid of being vulnerable. You don’t need to hide your vulnerability because of fear that others might judge you.

Also, think of how you feel when someone asks you a question and is demonstrating curiosity?  I know I also feel like a mother hen with a sense of responsibility to show them what the answer should be. That would be based on my knowledge and experience and ensure they don’t make the same mistakes that I do.  Not very often do I think “holy $h!t, this is a dumb question….”  So the next time you want to ask a question, think of a mother hen taking you under their wing.

Whenever I see a construction job site, I tend to poke my head in and see what’s going on.  I ask questions.  Sometimes stupid questions, but it doesn’t matter as I am learning.

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Quotes

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”

– Brene Brown

“Choosing to be curious is choosing to be vulnerable because it requires us to surrender to uncertainty. It wasn’t always a choice; we were born curious. But over time, we learn that curiosity, like vulnerability, can lead to hurt. As a result, we turn to self-protecting—choosing certainty over curiosity, armor over vulnerability, and knowing over learning.”

– Brene Brown

Question

How do you feel when someone is curious about something and asks you about that? What do you think about when you hear the word vulnerable?

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