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Daring Greatly Essay

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In my first ice breaker speech, it was very nerve racking for me to spend close to 6 mins telling everyone my growing up story which has caused me to be so afraid of speaking publicly. It would not have been possible for me to get that speech out that night had i not embraced my vulnerability, k i am enough, had the courage to be imperfect and i wanted to let myself be seen as thats the way to make the connection with people, and i think i did that night And it is all of these that drove me to be in the arena, instead of taking the backseat. the talk was flawed and imperfect but i walked into the arena and gave it my best shot. The willingness to show up changes us, it makes us a little ...view middle of the document...

Perfection doesn’t exist, perfection prevents us from being seen. A one day prepared speech is better than a 4 week prepared speech that i don’t get to do. And so she said, We must walk into the arena, rather than sitting on the sidelines, we must dare to show up and let allowselves be seen. This is vulnerability and this is daring greatly. And so i decided to do the speech.

We are constantly living in this never enough culture that we are not enough. We are afraid that our truth isn;t enough, that what we have to offer isn;t enough. We are afraid to walk on this stage to show the audience our real self. And sometimes this has got to do with shame which is the fear disconnection, and intense feeling that we are flawed. But if we don’t come to terms with our shame, we start believing theres something wrong with us. we can’t let ourselves be seen if we are terrified by what people might think. So first, We need to believe that we're enough.

Second, sometimes we attach our self-worth to what we do, for e.g., if we attach our self worth to the speech that we are giving now, we would be in deep trouble. Yes we would want people to like our speech and what we talk about, but our self worth is not on the able. We are far more than a good speech. Yes it would be disappointing if people don’t buy it, but this effort is about what you do, and not who you are. Regardless of the outcome, you have already dared...

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