Growing up, I often felt like an outsider

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?

Motivation

Christian Banach

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