Vulnerability can be tough. It’s so much easier—and “safer” feeling—to just keep our weaknesses and struggles to ourselves and show the world who they think we should be and who we think we should be instead. But here’s the deal, guys: We HAVE to be vulnerable! When we’re not vulnerable—even though it is such a tough thing to be sometimes, eventually, we will hit a rock bottom of sorts, which can negatively affect all areas of our lives.
Being vulnerable does NOT mean we’re weak! It’s actually just the opposite, and it can be so freeing. And when we’re vulnerable, we give others permission to do the same. Join me with one of my favorite people, Drew Manning, who is an exceptional example of how being vulnerable can take you from that lonely rock bottom to being someone who can positively change people’s lives every. single. day.
Drew Manning is the NY Times Best Selling Author of the book, Fit2Fat2Fit, and he is best known for his Fit2Fat2Fit.com experiment where he purposely put on 75 pounds over 6 months and then lost it again over the next 6 months, which went viral online. He’s been featured on shows like Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, The View, and many more. His experiment has become a hit TV show called Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit, airing on A&E & Lifetime, where he takes other trainers through this same journey so they can have more empathy, a greater understanding, and more respect for their clients. His new book, Complete Keto, is available now!
Drew is the amazing and devoted father of two girls, and he’s worked hard to learn how to balance family life while maintaining a strong brand and online community. We first met Drew when he was on season 3 of Extreme Weight Loss, and he’s become an amazing friend and mentor to many, including me and Chris.
Some questions I ask:
- What was your journey like to go from close-minded to open-minded? (5:38)
- How did being vulnerable, open, and authentic help you heal and recover? (9:50)
- Is it hard for you to navigate the line between your personal life and who you are in the public eye? (12:45)
- What was your “old self” like that you often talk about? (19:15)
- What was it like when you hit rock bottom? (23:13)
Some key takeaways from this episode:
- Hiding our weaknesses can eventually break us and our relationships. (5:38)
- Until you can become vulnerable, you’re not living a fulfilled life. (9:50)
- The differences between oversharing and being vulnerable. (12:45)
- Our environments can shape our beliefs—for good or bad. (19:15)
- When you don’t embrace vulnerability, it can It take away true happiness from life. (23:13)
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