No one wants to talk about shame. It’s unpleasant. The mess in the corner we try to ignore.

I recommend Brene Brown’s two TED Talks to all WILL members. If you haven’t watched them, find links below.

She shares how shame thrives in the Petri dish of “silencesecrecy and judgement.”

Shame is universal. We all have felt the “warm wash” of shame.

Some of the WILL members feel it and think, “Something is wrong with me if I want to leave.”

“I’m worried I’m going to be a loser.”

The antidote to shame, is empathy.

“If you put shame in a Petri dish, it needs three things to grow exponentially: secrecy, silence and judgment. If you put the same amount in a Petri dish and douse it with empathy, it can’t survive. The two most powerful words when we’re in struggle: me too.”
– Brene Brown, Listening to Shame TED Talk

This is the amazing thing that happens when WILL members come together in group office hours. They hear each other’s stories and say, “I relate”. They break the isolation and shame of not being where they want in their careers and lives.

Shame can’t stand a chance with WILL members. We’ve got connection, compassion and acceptance – even more antidotes.

I was so excited by our conversation this week, I captured some key takeaways on video here.

If you care to get in on the goodness… let’s talk. I’ll let you in on what I’m planning for the fall ;-).
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Treat yourself with kindness, pour some empathy into that Petri dish and watch shame wither and fade.
You are not alone.
Brene Brown TED Talks

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