The #1 enemy you must conquer in your life is SHAME.

THE most powerful destructive force in the human race is shame.

There is nothing that holds any of us back more than the fear and terror that others will judge us and reject us as not good enough. Not measuring up. Not feeling worthy.

That’s a big enough challenge when you’re a regular guy or gal, paying the bills and being married and raising teenagers and whatnot. When you’re an entrepreneur and everything you do takes a risk of being accepted or rejected, when there are no guarantees of anything, you experience everything 2X.

One of my marketing mentors, Perry Marshall, sent me this TED video. It’s one of the best descriptions I’ve ever seen of how we either embrace or avoid the real stuff of living; how we either fling ourselves into the full experience, or else medicate – and numb ourselves to life itself.

This gets to the heart of why some succeed and some fail, even when given the same tools and the same education. The #1 enemy you must conquer in your life is your fear of shame. Rise up, stare it down and face it:


  1. alan , on Dec 11, 2010 at 23:27 Reply

    excellent! thanks for sharing

  2. yvette bourgeois , on Dec 13, 2010 at 13:41 Reply

    I want EVERYBODY to see this! WOW Brene Brown you’re a great “storyteller” lol.
    Thank you I totally enjoyed it….hope to read/hear more of you!

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