Growing up, I often felt like an outsider.
I often felt unnoticed in social settings.
But in the classroom and on the sports field, it was different.
I was smart and a great athlete.
My brains and athleticism got me noticed and attracted friends.
But outside of these environments, I struggled.
To fit in, I thought I must present myself as “perfect.”
I hid flaws, conformed to societal norms, and passed on opportunities where I might fail.
But inauthenticity made it harder to form genuine connections.
I lost out on chances.
While I was aware, I wasn’t sure what to do.
That changed when I joined the public speaking club, Toastmasters International.
After a few subpar speeches, I let my guard down.
I gave a raw, honest, and emotional speech.
The audience reaction was overwhelming.
I felt liberated.
With every speech, I began opening up more.
Inspired, I translated it to social, family, and work.
Connections developed easier.
Family bonds formed stronger.
New biz opportunities became more abundant.
I’m still a work in progress.
I now see that perfection isn’t relatable, achievable, or real.
But vulnerability is magnetic and beautiful.
Think of your life.
How might vulnerability attract family, friends, clients, and business to you?