The Relief of Revealing Your Secrets

Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage GREC #208281


"Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage"  

Brene Brown

Key Points

  • When we share secrets we get relief
  • Sharing secrets is the fastest way to find acceptance
  • My secret is that I shop at Goodwill


Have you heard of the site,  It's a site that displays postcards that people send in with their secrets.  It's anonymous so they get some really interesting things revealed.

Frank Warren started it on a whim in 2004 and has received over one million postcards.  He has now written 5 books and even has a live road show where people stand up and share their secrets in person.

Here's his TED Talk



I read about this site in a book that I just finished, "Captivate. The Science of Succeeding with People" by Vanessa Van Edwards.  It's a great book.  I will do a review post on it next week.

You might wonder why would anyone want to stand up and reveal their inner most secrets?

"People bond incredibly fast at these events.  It's as if secrets are the door to connection people have been looking for...

The secrets act as a catalyst for turning strangers into fast friends...

Sharing our most vulnerable stories is a courageous act that channels intimacy with others and builds lasting relationships, according to Warren"

Van Edwards says in her book:

"Vulnerability is sexy- it shows we are relatable, honest, and real.  That is attractive.  And the science proves it." 

 Feel free to leave a secret in the comments.  If you want to be anonymous, just log out first and then no one will know who you are.

One of my secrets is that I buy a lot of my clothing at the Goodwill store.  I can afford to buy whatever I want in a normal store but I just can't resist paying just $5 or 6$ for a dress shirt or pair of dress pants.  It's amazing how good some of the stuff is. 

But for some reason, I feel embarrassed about it.  I'm always afraid someone I know will see me there and assume that I must be having a tough time financially.  I also feel a little guilty thinking that what I'm buying will not be there for someone who might really need a bargain.  I also fear that if I buy something too distinctive, I might run into the person who donated it to Goodwill.  Anyway, that's a little secret.  I have many more but most are TMI so I'll save you from that.














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About the Author:  Tim Maitski has been a full time Realtor since 1999. He has sold several hundreds of homes in areas around metro Atlanta.  Tim started with RE/MAX Greater Atlanta and is now with Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage.


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Sharon Kowitz
CRS-SRES-ABR-GRI-E-Pro-CREN Fonville Morisey Cary, NC - Cary, NC
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

Interesting! I am going to have to check out the site....and I love Goodwill as well! Who doesn't love a great deal?

Feb 01, 2018 04:07 PM #1
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, that sounds very interesting, Tim! Wouldn't you love to know what was on some of those million postcards?! 

As for Goodwill - we have a fantastic one here that my boys used (and may still go there) when they got out of college. Affordability for them was key, especially being new graduates and needing dress clothes that are so expensive in the retail market. I've been with them to help them find suits but, have never seen anything my size - if only I wasn't such a 'odd' sized woman, I would take advantage of the store myself! LOL

Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Feb 09, 2018 05:37 PM #2
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Once revealed, it is a secret no more and can be very freeing Tim. We grew up poor in Columbus and as a young child, mom would put us inside the Goodwill boxes to look for clothes that fit us. I still bargain shop!

Feb 18, 2018 09:05 AM #3
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