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Starting a New Business with Vulnerability and Shame

Workplace
Author since:
October, 2015
101 blog posts

Starting a new business was and is  Scary and we do mean the capital S! Although we are hugely proud of what we have created at Workplace.  We also know we have a great product, working team and ethic, some days, especially at the beginning we feel paralysed with fear at the enormity of what we are doing.

Having always being employees before Workplace, this fear of starting a new business was quite new to us.

We started to look at what it was that was causing this fear so that we could understand it and start using our fear in a positive way. This led us to TED and to two talks by Brene Brown about shame and vulnerability – WOW.  She also has a great Netflix presentation that is well worth a watch.

In the past, we have worked on a number of projects starting a new business and mostly very successfully, which is a great feeling. The elation of success is the best while feeling a failure is the worst. We have been there and it wasn’t a great feeling!

Learn by mistakes

People tell you that you learn by these mistakes and you need them to be truly successful, but failure stinks and most people would honestly prefer to avoid that at any costs.

To do that however we need to live in a sealed box, not communicate, try to do anything with my life and especially not start a new business, that would be crazy!

If you are the same and can’t understand what it was that you are so scared of, listen to Brene it will all slot in to place.

It’s the shame that comes with failure or possible failure, the loss of pride and self-esteem, the inner feeling of all the things that you should and should not have done and the stories that we tell ourselves over and over again just to reaffirm how totally stupid we were and are.

So what to do about all these feelings and life reaffirming negative tales we re-run in our heads. Well according to our new BF, Brene Brown, you can’t experience happiness, success, elation without also opening up to fear, shame and vulnerability.

Wholehearted living

These are essential to wholehearted living. Wholehearted living is going at life and whatever you do with all of your heart. Brene tells about how in her research she found that the people who felt loved and engaged also felt they were worthy of this love, she talks about how shame and guilt are very different and about the need for shame and vulnerability.

So the lessons to learn are that we are okay to feel fear, shame and vulnerability and that we should open up to this and not take the option to hide under our duvet for the rest of our lives. This fear, shame and vulnerability are all part of courage, courage is about the heart and your wholehearted living.

Be worthy.  Be worthy of your shame, your vulnerability and your fear but you are also worthy of happiness because we have the courage and bravery to take this opportunity, run with it, change it, make it happen.

We are creating something at Workplace that has not been done before which is the meaning of creation. There is nothing that makes you more vulnerable than creating something new.

Our timing is now, we can’t keep putting it off waiting for when starting a new business might be more perfect, more settled, less fearful, less vulnerable. We have to charge at vulnerability and go for it.

So it turns out that vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change. From being paralysed with fear  we are now shouting at vulnerability: ‘Bring it on!’

This is why we started a new business: to support people who feel exactly the same way as we do, who have the courage to go it alone, stand out and make it happen. We will be in this together.

Feel inspired

Watch Brene Brown’s TED Talks for inspiration: https://www.ted.com/speakers/brene_brown

The Power of Vulnerability

Listening to Shame

Vulnerability and shame. Vulnerability and shame are ok! ( especially when you are starting a new business)

 

Workplace is a 5-star coworking and serviced office company in Manchester. It is perfectly positioned on Oxford Street, close to Oxford Road Station and only 10 minutes walk from Piccadilly Station.  It has easy access with the tram system in Manchester being only a few steps from  Albert Square.  Full Google Directions and Location

Workplace Manchester offers excellent flexibility with day desk hire, coworking, reserved desks, offices and meeting space.

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Why Promoting Health in Your Workplace Matters

Workplace
Author since:
October, 2015
101 blog posts

Especially in a coworking workplace or when you work alone, it can be hard to integrate a well-balanced fitness regime into your daily work-life. Looking after yourself both mentally and physically plays an essential part in your creativity and productivity.

Work can be stressful, especially if you’re not balancing your work life correctly. Physical exercise is a significant factor in relieving stress, therefore affecting your work performance positively.  Many people who have suffered severely from anxiety and depression will tell you that the best medicine was building up a sweat through exercise.

Studies have shown that exercise correlates directly to how well you work. Integrating a good fitness habit into your work life might not be as hard as you first think.

Stress Relief

The less stressed you are, the more focused you can be. It is easy to say that you have no time for fitness as you are tired from the workload during your day. However, being physically fit will make you sleep better, thus being less tired during your work days. If you’re thinking in the long-term, strengthening your body will make your whole life function better.

Stop Wasting Precious Time!

You can always start small, then build up and sustain a good fitness plan regularly. For example, instead of wasting your free time looking at social media, go for a run at lunchtime or before you go back home. Not only does this make you more efficient- but it also saves you from the rush hour crush!

 

Caffeine Can Help but

Of course, other ways can get you through the day, such as coffee or energy drinks, but according to studies, those are much less effective and short term than exercising. Why not take the stairs anytime you can at your office building instead of the lift?

Exercise has also been proven to increase your brain-capacity, enabling you to work more effectively and managing your work schedules more precisely. Who wouldn’t want to be as focused and sharp as possible at work?

 

AT WORKPLACE, WE CARE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH

Workplace is designed to prioritise this principle, making sure both our employees and customers work to their maximum potential. We have walked together, yoga’d together and run together as a group.  We also have now partnered with Owen Carpenter, who offers free fitness consultations and follow up fitness programmes.  There are many hidden health benefits of working in a coworking space that you may not realise. Having company and curing loneliness to joining with a team to play sports are just the tip of the iceberg.

 

At the moment the weather is better and the days are longer, so let’s not waste it – get out and get physical.

 

Workplace is a 5-star coworking and serviced office company in Manchester. It is perfectly positioned on Oxford Street, close to Oxford Road Station and only 10 minutes walk from Piccadilly Station.  It has easy access with the tram system in Manchester being only a few steps from  Albert Square.  Full Google Directions and Location

Workplace Manchester offers excellent flexibility with day desk hire, coworking, reserved desks, offices and meeting space.

 

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