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Embarrassing Story About Vulnerability, Tom Cruise and My Wife

I often suggest to my students that they become more "vulnerable" in their work.  As artists, it seems that vulnerability is the key to being happy, sustainable and growing a real business over time.  Check out this post where I link to Brené Brown; the vulnerability guru.

So here's an embarrassing "vulnerability" story: My wife and I are high school sweethearts.  We were going on our first real date.  We went to watch Mission Impossible starring Tom Cruise.  This was 16 years ago. My brother was home on leave from the Marine Corps at the time and I recall him telling me that I had a bit too much Hugo Boss cologne on.  I didn't care.  

When we got to the movie theatre I was trying to play it cool.  I had never been on a real date so I didn't want to screw it up.  About 1/3 of the way into the movie I started having intense stomach cramps.  Apparently, I was having some anxiety issues (I know why now).  This makes sense because well...have you seen mine wife?!?  She's beautifulmazing!  Seriously.

I spent the next 1/3 of the movie in the bathroom of the movie theatre lobby while my future wife was sitting alone watching Tom Cruise.  I came back and played it cool like it's normal to spend a large chunk of your first date in the bathroom.

If you're interested in becoming more vulnerable and have about 20 minutes then check out Brenê Brown's TED Talk below.  




P.S. you might enjoy these other articles that I've recently written:

3 Tips on Moving Forward with Your Creative Ideas

I just got done “scoping”. That’s what the folks on the new social network “Periscope” call broadcasting live.

I asked my followers what I should blog about today for #motivationmonday (I wonder if that will help more people to read my post).

Let me back up. I actually don’t have any followers yet…that’s where you come in (que to “follow” me). Their ideas (when I say “their” I actually mean the one person that suggested the idea. Find him at were writing a blog post on “simplicity” and “where to begin in the creative process”.

I figured the first idea was too simple.


Involve Other People

If you follow me then you know that I value letting others in to my creative process. Heck I even got the idea for this blog post from another person.

You might want to snapchat, periscope, tweet, FB, IG (here’s mine from this morning) your ideas or lack of ideas. You’d be surprised by how your family, friends and social acquaintances want to help you in your creative endeavors.

Don’t be scared to ask for what you want and to say that “I need help”.


Get Down Your Ideas

Journal, write, sketch out, record your ideas. Everyday.

You don’t have to just write your thoughts out anymore. Grab your phone and create a note, recording or both. Get a manly journal or girly journal (so you actually want to write in it) and in a non-judgemental fashion, put down your ideas. Don’t think about. Just do it.

Do this for 7 minutes everyday and see how much more clarity you have as you move forward in your projects.


Be Vulnerable

Brené Brown.

Nuff said.