Nothing to fear? My 1st Video-BLOG #trust30

Sam and I have nothing to fear!

 “Self-censorship is not just self-betrayal and self-abandonment (which would be bad enough), but soul-betrayal and betrayal of our Muse, out inner voice, our highest self.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Drum-roll Please…

OK here goes guys! This is my very first ever video post. I have been dreading it for a couple of months now because I knew that I would eventually have to suck it up and do it. One of the pre-requisites for a summer personal branding class I am enrolled in, is that I post at least 5 video posts before the end of class (sometime in August).

I continue to participate in the #trust30 daily prompts where an Emerson quote is used with a self-reliance prompt attached. This has been a journey deep into my psyche and has really helped me realize how much I have to say/write.

The prompt I chose is about having nothing to lose. How would I behave and what would I say if I let go of self -censorship? I like to think that my  inner monologue keeps me (for the most part anyway) out of trouble. The reality is that I do have things to lose and cannot go around speaking and/or acting out every random thought that comes to mind.

I’m so transparent, you can see right through me!

There is a difference between being transparent and inappropriately giving too much information. Because I choose to live my life authentically, there is really nothing to hide. However, this does not mean I have nothing to lose. If I insult my boss, yell at associates and spit on things when I am mad, I will find myself quickly out of a job. If I am rude to my friends and don’t listen to them when they are speaking because I believe what I have to say is more important, I will soon be friendless.

Tell it like it is, but with a sense of discrepancy. I remain a trusted editor professionally because I am not full of crap. I genuinely care about how I affect others and hopefully believe it. There has never been a reason for my integrity to be doubted, therefore I maintain a valued relationship with my peers and subordinates alike.

My soul is not compromised when I don’t blurt out whatever I want, whenever I want to. Be who you were meant to be. Be authentic, and you will have nothing to fear.

#trust30 prompt: Too often we censor ourselves, our actions, and our work in hope or fear of what might happen if we otherwise don’t. What words would you write today, and what actions would you take, if you had nothing to fear, nothing to lose? (Author: Tanner Christensen)

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8 thoughts on “Nothing to fear? My 1st Video-BLOG #trust30

  1. Gary Lougher says:


    That was good…and funny. “Don;t want to know about your sex life, unless perhaps it involves me” I burst out laughing.
    Also though provoking anf intersting.
    Here’s my posyt on censorship:

    How do you like your MBA program? I have three classes left in mine. Yay!! It’s been an awesome experience. I just got done writing a paper titled, “How Fear Effects Leadership Development” that hopefully gets published. Fear is kind of my “thing”.

    Thanks for commenting on my post.

    Have fun!


    1. miriamgomberg says:

      Welcome Gary and thanks for your comment. It seems as though we have a lot in common (leadership, MBA, etc.). Thanks for forwarding your post on censorship. It was a great take on it. I am glad that my video was not too painful to watch 🙂 Miriam


  2. eof737 says:

    Love the Warhol effect on your blog! 😉
    Again, I’m catching up on blog comments after another long 4 day yoga retreat in Boston… I got back Thursday night to over a thousand emails. Will begin a marathon commenting effort shortly! TY! 🙂


  3. Yvonne Williams says:

    Loved the VBLOG! Funny yet smart…interesting and thought provoking. Authenticity is the key word, in my opinion, yet there are times I do censor/temper myself out of respect for others around me – it’s situational. It’s a balance of knowing when to stand up and assert your individualism and when to eat some humble pie. There are times for both and knowing the appropriate time for each takes maturity and self control. Honestly, some people are whack-jobs and just need to be censored for the good of humanity 😉


    1. miriamgomberg says:

      Welcome Yvonne. I appreciate your feedback on the VLOG. Authenticity is a theme I visit often because of its importance. I come from a long line of inappropriate speakers and censorship can sometimes be a good thing. Thanks, Miriam


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