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How one girl went from no followers to over 2 million

Being vulnerable is extremely difficult because it's the process of emotionally exposing ourselves which takes courage and bravery.

Here’s a question: How many of you like to watch youtube videos? I ask because whenever I see a new video from fitness guru Whitney Simmons come out I’m on it like white on rice. I like her because she’s relatable and genuine. I’m consistently watching videos or reading about people that I see myself in and that I aspire to be like. It’s human nature.

We do this to feel connected to something or someone because connection gives us meaning and purpose in our lives. When we feel connected to ourselves and others we feel like we belong. The reason why Whitney Simmons has such a large following and why millions (over 2.7 million) of people feel connected when they watch her videos or read her Instagram posts is because she is vulnerable.

Brené Brown has studied vulnerability for 20+ years and her research shows that people with a deep sense of self-worthiness are the ones who “fully embrace vulnerability”. When we embrace uncertainty and put our true selves out there for the world to see, we are showing vulnerability. Being vulnerable is extremely difficult because it’s the process of emotionally exposing ourselves which takes courage and bravery.

Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our most accurate measure of courage

Brené Brown

Some examples of vulnerability are….

Saying no

Calling a friend that just got diagnosed with terminal cancer

Getting lunch with a family that unexpectedly lost their son

Replying to texts

Making a first appointment with a therapist to work through grief and insecurities

Saying “I love you” first

Starting a business

Coming out as gay

These are all actions that can evoke sheer nervousness, nauseousness, and anxiousness. These are things you may have been avoiding because they’re scary and seem dangerous. They’ll make your heart race, but will lead you to an amazing place of joy and greater self-worth. They’ll lead you to a better connection with yourself because “vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our most accurate measure of courage,” she Brené Brown.

The more vulnerable we allow ourselves to be, the more joy we will have. Why? Because meaningful connections come from being vulnerable and being uncomfortable. You’re going to be uncomfortable before you’re truly comfortable.

Try putting your true self on the table each and every day and see how your life changes for the better. You’ll begin to see success and you’ll whole-heartedly believe you deserve it.

“I don’t want no one to know I’m vulnerable; why?
That makes me feel weak and so uncomfortable; why?” – NF

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Embrace vulnerability. Be brave.

3 comments on “How one girl went from no followers to over 2 million

  1. I freaking love this post!! Yes to our girl Brene Brown, and huge thank you for tagging me at the bottom ❤

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  2. Addison I am just amazed at how your writing is flourishing!! Again, another wonderfully written piece. And I am certain is it partly due to you writing freely from your heart and soul. I could not be more proud and happy for you. You amaze me every day. ❤️❤️ I so look forward to being able to watch you as you grow in your journey.

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  3. Marty Becker

    Your thoughts and the way you express yourself are inspired. Thank you for sharing your youthful wisdom. We can all learn to look deeply within ourselves to move forward and grow. You have a special and unique gift.

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