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Vulnerability | Empathy | Grit | Focus
Core Values are wayfinding tools. Navigating the world, professionally or personally, is a challenge. We are faced with many decisions every day—big and small. Having a profound understanding of your core values makes navigating a little easier.
These are mine.
This was a life-changer. It went against everything I intuitively understood about strength and progress. Vulnerability is the single most useful guiding principle that I practice—if I'm not being vulnerable, I'm not making good work.
While Vulnerability can be a difficult practice, empathy comes naturally to me. Enacting empathy can be more challenging. Checking my actions against this value means that I'm asking myself, "am I being generous with another's personhood?"
Once I may have considered vulnerability/empathy to be a foil to grit. Now, I understand that all three share an important intensity of progress. Grit is the energy of moving forward, and vulnerability is steering the ship.
It is easy to get overwhelmed by all the interesting projects, stories, journeys, etc. that I am lucky enough to have encountered. Focus is easily the most challenging value that I wrestle with. Without focus, I cannot make progress.