Naïve vulnerability says, I’ll be praised for showing up.
Awake vulnerability says, I could be criticized, even ostracized. I’m showing up anyway.

Naïve vulnerability says, My courage will inspire others.
Awake vulnerability says, My courage might inspire some, and enrage others. I’m showing up anyway.

Naïve vulnerability chooses to speak because it needs attention.
Awake vulnerability chooses to speak because it needs to express itself. To hold back any longer would be self-wounding.

Naïve vulnerability thinks: If I try hard enough to be heard, I’ll get what I want.
Awake vulnerability thinks: This is hard work. I have no idea what will come of this. I’m showing up anyway.

Naïve vulnerability wants to be saved.

Awake vulnerability is saving herself by respecting her Truth. @DanielleLaPorte (Click to Tweet!)

Danielle LaPorte is the creator of The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul — the book that turned into a day planner system, a top iTunes app, and an international workshop program. A Desire Map workshop happens every weekend somewhere in the world. Author of The Fire Starter Sessions and the wildly popular #Truthbomb series, Danielle is also the co-creator of Your Big Beautiful Book Plan and co-host of the Beautiful Writer’s Group podcast.

Entrepreneur Magazine calls her “equal parts poet and entrepreneurial badass…edgy, contrarian…loving and inspired.” A speaker, poet, former business strategist and Washington-DC think tank exec, she writes weekly at, where over four million visitors have gone for her straight-up advice — a site that’s been deemed “the best place online for kick-ass spirituality,” and was named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes. The Huffington Post named her Twitter feed as one of the “12 of Wisest Twitter Accounts Worth Following.” You can find her @daniellelaporte just about everywhere.