For most of us as a kid, we learned that we need to toughen up, speak when spoken to and quit crying. Being a vulnerable person can set you up for failure and also for people to take advantage of you. In society, we learned that being vulnerable is to be weak, and that the person who is always showing emotion is not smart. Showing your emotions can make people uncomfortable and not want to be around you. The reason people believe vulnerability is negative, is because most people associate emotions with getting hurt or being rejected. People unknowingly associate raw emotions with negativity, because they always remember the times that they were emotional and real, then got hurt. But, there are also the many times when you allow yourself to be real and vulnerable that great things happen. Being vulnerable can be the birthplace of courage. Having courage and feeling your emotions can open your life up to fulfilling your dreams, finding love, confidence, happiness and adventure. Emotional courage is putting everything you have on the table, and knowing that you are enough even if you are uncertain of the outcome. Vulnerability is courage, not weakness. And being courageous, most often leads to greatness. So the next time you are feeling uncomfortable being vulnerable remember that more often than not it will lead to something good. Being vulnerable and open takes time and can be scary, but each time you take a small step towards opening up, you are taking a step towards your truth.