Some peoples character prevents them from pushing for that little bit they need to get their work seen.

Have you ever heard of Vivian Maier? I doubt you have unless you have seen the documentary Finding Vivian Maier, or you are really in to photography.

I recently saw her documentary and was captivated by her photography that she had taken throughout her life, but I was also baffled by her personal life and how she chose to live.

She died lonely, at the age of 83 in 2009, and get this…. No one had ever seen her work.

Her work, which included over 150,000 photographs was only discovered after she died and a few collectors acquired her negatives through auction.

Now, her photographs are in art exhibits all over the world and people are obsessed with her work.

Her personal life is beyond mysterious and her art work raises more questions than answers. Did she even want it to be seen? Why was she so secretive? And, WTF?

The artwork was amazing, but this documentary had a much deeper meaning to me and here’s why: I thought of my own talents that I have yet to share with the world because of fear and insecurities.

I think about all the talented people and amazing things they can do if they just let themselves be vulnerable. Whoa! That was deep, but it brings me to my point:

Vulnerability is the key to success.

Vulnerability is the space in which you discover your self, or rather, uncover your self.

New jobs, learning new skills and facing big challenges leads you towards a better version of you.

We have had several new clients join Fit Lab lately and I can see the vulnerability in there face, however, I am impressed with their courage.

I know that it’s hard and a million things are running through their head.

See if you can relate to this scenario:

The workout starts and your a little confused but thinking to yourself, “this isn’t going to be so bad.”

Then, the coach tells you, “Squat all the way down!”

“That’s as far as I can go!”

“No it’s not…a little more…there ya go!”

You’re breathing hard, the fatigue is setting in….

You think to yourself, “I got this!”

Then you get lapped by your girlfriend who says, “come on, almost there!”

You try and yell, “Damn you!” but all that comes out is “arrg-pa-phu” and a little slobber.

Finally, the workout ends, everybody says “good job”, “that sucked” and “I’ll see you tomorrow.”

Sound familiar? I know I’ve been there.

People always ask me, “when does it get easier?”

Unfortunately, our workouts are going to hurt the beginner and the beast.

But, your physical strength and character will both be stronger for it.

Be sure and welcome, encourage and help all the new people at Fit Lab.

Let me know what you think of the documentary. You can find it on Netflix… Here is the trailer.

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