Most people have such an innate fear of vulnerability — the fear of failure, the fear of trying new things, the fear of quitting a job they dislike just because it’s uncomfortable and the unknown is scary, the fear of doing something new for the first time when you don’t know anyone else who has done it – I can certainly say that i used to fit this description. But the truth is that vulnerability is the single most important characteristic in learning — intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically. The most successful people in the world constantly, consciously expose themselves to criticism, failure, and rejection. They make themselves vulnerable as much as possible, which is the primary reason why they learn so quickly. Now, I can mention people like Oprah, Bill Gates and the usual names but I don’t know them on a personal level for me to say that even though I’m sure it is 99% true. The person whom I am actually referring to is ‘my babi’ who started from bottom up and is still growing into a success everyday:-)
The paradox of comfort is that it’s not conducive to growth and learning. So the longer you stay comfortable the harder it is to actually be comfortable over time because you’re going to encounter too many novel situations (that you’ve avoided previously, because they’re uncomfortable). Just a thought!
P.S. Touched down in LA today (10th country visited in the last 51 days) and have already whipped out my camera – hope you enjoy the post. Please do comment, by clicking ‘leave a comment’ at the top of the post, and let me know your thoughts 🙂