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Moving through the fear of being vulnerable with your mentor

Tue, Dec 10, 2013

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As part of our “Fears of Mentorship” series, we are addressing one of the major fears that came up: BEING VULNERABLE.

Here are two samples of what our community members shared about their fears of being vulnerable:

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In response, we found an incredible article by the Harvard Business Review which speaks to the power and art of vulnerability.

Here is a fantastic excerpt from the article with the most valuable insights:

“Active vulnerability is in essence proactive and informed risk-taking. Passive vulnerability is reactive and submissive exposure.

But with that said, you might wonder, would anyone in his or her right mind “choose” to be vulnerable? Asking that question may be the reason why you are probably not an entrepreneur! The willingness to be vulnerable isn’t driven by the desire for exposure, but by the possibility of what that exposure might lead to — be it a meaningful role, the possibility to affect change, and, of course, greater financial gain.

The test of a great entrepreneur is one who can continue in the face of failure and does not fall prey to passive vulnerability.”

We also really liked what one of our community members had to say about the overlay of mentorship and vulnerability. Her name is Lois Martin and she runs her own marketing consulting company.

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