Being vulnerable is uncomfortable. We show our truest selves and trust others to meet us with compassion. This requires lifelong practice.

I spent much of my earlier career hiding any imperfections and presenting what I thought others wanted. Eventually, I lost sight of my values and myself. Over time, I have invested in being present with myself and others, and finding comfort in the discomfort. When we let go of the things we fear, the way we have always done things, we can find joy.

I am often known to say at work: Let’s walk into the discomfort together and…

Shanna A. Hocking

Speaker + Writer on leadership, fundraising, and career development. Inspiring others to accomplish what they never thought possible. #beyourselfboldly

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