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“When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So, what the hell—leap!” ~Cynthia Heimel

How might your fear of failure or rejection be like a straightjacket—actually preventing you from creating the results you want? Or…is it that you’re concerned about what others might think of you if you say or do something that’s less than perfect? So what if you aren’t perfect?

Here’s the secret: Everyone feels that way from time to time. They’re just not telling you. Everyone feels like a dork every now and then; some of us, more frequently! Are you willing to be “adorkable”? Chances are good that people will love you for it and you’ll be giving them the freedom to be adorkable, too—and you just might surprise yourself and create something brilliant in the process!

Please share your thoughts, insights and questions below. Your participation provides wisdom that all can benefit from. Thank you!

Denise Yamada © 4/2011

5 comments to Adorkability

  • Ray Brown

    This may be off track, but there’s something here. How do you get back on track when you get so get so thrown so far off you have nothing to show you where to get back on?

  • Ron Cook

    Thank you for your generosity Denise.

  • Kathy Slenker

    This is the hardest challenge I face in life! I love it when others laugh at themselves for doing something silly. Why can’t I take the same approach with myself?

  • Ray, I see you also sent me a private message. I will respond to that.

    Ron, you are so welcome–and thanks for visiting my blog!

    Kathy, thanks for your authenticity! You actually CAN learn to laugh at yourself, but it does take practice. What makes it feel so challenging to laugh at yourself? Take a look at the fear beneath it. What are you afraid might happen or people might say or think about you if you laugh at yourself? Or if they laugh at you, too?

  • Rich

    In the business world, one of the most “dorkish” moments occurs when the “YFID” phenomena strikes…

    At a quarterly results meeting of a famous family business that had just gone public, the immaculately dressed Chairman strolled around the stage making his points to the audience who sat comfortably in the rows of theater seating looking up at their speaker as he delivered his message on the stage.

    Key points of significant importance were emphasized with a series of “high-five” punctuations by the well-dressed leader.

    Being new to public speaking, our beloved Chairman was amazed at how focused and attentive his listeners were to his message, especially each time he raised his hand for the “high-five” celebration. And this feedback prompted him to move closer to the edge of the stage to strengthen that bond between delivery and reception.

    After the rousing speech, a short question and answer session was held to gather input from the very attentive audience. The last question came from the Founder of the business, the sweet, 81 year old Grandmother of the Chairman’s family.
    After being recognized by the proud Chairman, she arose slowly and cautiously. In a sweet and inquisitive voice she asked the Chairman, “Are we selling Hot Dogs these days?” Caught off guard by content of the question from his Matriarch, the chairman answered quickly, “Well, No, Mam! Why do you ask?”
    To that response, the sweet little Grandmother pointed at the Chairman, and said, “Well YOUR stand is open!”

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