As an author, writer, speaker, clinician, business leader, and parent, the key to all lasting growth that I have witnessed and experienced has been rooted in authenticity.
All success stems from a self that is both parts:
strong and vulnerable,
accountable and risk-taking.
Like so many of us, this is counter-intuitive to all that I was taught.
As children, it is spelled out in the letters printed on our report cards. It shines in our medals and trophies. It is thread throughout our college essays.
As adults, we photoshop our lives online to crop out the messy parts. We even have the polished answer ready for the interview question about identifying our vulnerabilities.
What if all of these ideas are wrong?
What if the most important parts of our ourselves ARE the fragile, cracked parts?
What if our strengths are found in dusting off our failures and delving into the personal shipwrecks of our lives?
What if the valuable, treasured partsof ourselves lie sunken into our rock bottom?
Join me in this continual conversation in my writings online, in my 2014 children’s adventure book, in my new children’s book due out in 2018, and in following my newest adventure as an #OMAGINSIDER. The Oprah Magazine Insiders are a group of individuals of various backgrounds, skills, and talents who are living their lives to their fullest and sharing in O Mag experiences. Keep up with my O-mazing journey here at annbrasco.com and on my social media.
Let’s make 2018 matter!