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2017 TEDxBeaconStreet Interview with Wendy Sachs. Humiliation is a powerful feeling. It’s a cousin to embarrassment but cuts much deeper. Embarrassment is something we bring upon ourselves that later we can joke about.

Humiliation is brought upon by others. It’s a loss of dignity and pride. But an interesting thing can happen after one experiences humiliation – we are now not afraid. Instead of fearing failure and its humiliating aftermath, we’ve experienced rock bottom and that liberates us to take risks and to be bold.

We learn to lean more on ourselves than any group. And so shockingly what comes out of humiliation is confidence and courage. No one roots for their kids to experience humiliation but it may just be the most transformative life experience of all.

About the Speaker

Wendy Sachs

Wendy Sachs

Wendy Sachs is a master of the career pivot. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Fearless and Free: How Smart Women Pivot and Relaunch their Careers. An Emmy-award winning TV news producer, Wendy has worked at Dateline NBC, Fox and CNN. She was also a Capitol Hill press secretary, public relations executive, CNN contributor and editor-in-chief of Care.com. And in a more random move, Wendy worked as the on-air spokesperson for Trip Advisor. A frequent speaker, Wendy has written about work/life balance and women’s issues for multiple publications and appeared on dozens of radio, podcasts and TV shows including the TODAY show, Good Morning America, Fox, MSNBC and CNN’s Headline News. Wendy is also the author of the working mom’s bible on work/life balance, How She Really Does It: Secrets of Successful Stay-at-Work Moms.