Marcus is a Lebanese-born American businessman, investor, television personality, philanthropist and politician. He is currently the chairman and CEO of Camping World, Good Sam Enterprises and Gander Mountain and the star of The Profit, a CNBC reality show about saving small businesses.
Without a plea for pity, Marcus vulnerably shared his story of being adopted, struggling with an eating disorder, being molested by a cousin, and making two attempts to end his life.
Marcus observed that those things that "happened" to him, don't bring embarrassment when he talks about his story. However, he suggested that he was a bit embarrassed to talk about his attempts to suicide, because it was cowardly.
I hate that Marcus still fills this way about those dark times in his life when he thought there was no reason to live. The depression, anxiety, the world of darkness surrounding suicidal attempts are beyond understanding for that person.
Marcus shared his story because vulnerability is at the core of life and business.
As I witnessed Marcus ask vulnerable questions and force answers, and I watched him create role plays by asking bring people on stage - I was hung up on his tactic of putting people on the spot before 400,000 people world-wide. His attempt to demonstrate vulnerability seemed to demonstrate why so many people avoid vulnerability. Causing embarrassment to help someone else be vulnerable is unkind. Vulnerability is a choice. Shame and embarrassment blocks transparency.
Unfortunate, but I am able to take this away from his talk...
Marketplace, non-profit and church: caring for our people - our staff and key leaders - is our core responsibility. And care is best received when we choose to be vulnerable with them - about ourselves. I may not get to know everyone's story, but it doesn't mean they don't have one. They do. And their story brings them to where they are today.
So, I'm asking myself:
How do I invest, encourage, and care for people like me... just like me. People who need to be reminded of their worth and value?
How do I care for the people I lead and train and coach? Am I caring? Or am I only "leading" and training and coaching?
What is your challenge with your own vulnerability with people around you?
How are you caring for others - regardless the level of their vulnerability?