If there’s one message that is told over and over at our Change the World events, it’s this: be brave.
Nick Bowditch asks the question: “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” It’s a powerful statement, and urges us to step out of our comfort zone and take risks. Nick talks a lot about reframing the story; turning your flaws into superpowers and using vulnerability as a strength. Rebecca Smith from Thankyou, asks: “Who says we have to do things they way they’ve been done before?” And yes, why?
What does that mean, especially for not-for-profits and worthy causes? It means taking risks, showing vulnerability, being brave!
Ah yes, vulnerability. This is where the bravery comes in. This is about taking risks, making mistakes, and acknowledging them afterwards. We believe that if we tell our story honestly and truthfully – warts and all – then others will relate, and understand that we’re vulnerable, flawed humans doing our very best to change the world. Sometimes we cry, sometimes we lose sleep, sometimes we miss our children, but we always stay true to our vision and our values.
And you know what? It’s HARD to be vulnerable! It’s difficult to step up and say, “Ooops, we stuffed up; we made a mistake.” But you know what comes from owning up to those mistakes? Learning from them, and sharing those learnings, so that others can say, “Yes! We’ve been there too!” It makes us human, approachable, and real, and after hearing Nick and others speak at Change the World, I can promise that we’re going to make a special effort to drop the façade and expose our vulnerability.
Will you join us? Will you turn your flaws into a superpower?