Discovering Our Humanness through Vulnerability

By: Corey Blake, CEO Round Table Companies in
on January 14th, 2019

Everyone from corner suite CEOs to wide-eyed interns have insecurities. But rather than hide those feelings away, Corey encourages us to open up and embrace the complexities of our own humanness.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Corey’s commitment to breaking down emotional walls
  • Why vulnerability is far from a sign of weakness
  • Why connecting on a human level is beneficial for businesses and business leaders
  • How his mother’s depression shaped Corey’s lifelong desire to make people laugh
  • Which roles Corey loved playing as a young actor
  • Corey’s experience as a theater major at Milliken University
  • What motivated Corey to try to make it big in Hollywood
  • How landing roles in major movies and hit commercials built up Corey’s career—and his ego
  • Why Corey began self-medicating with marijuana
  • How a PBS documentary about theater director Harold Clurman inspired Corey’s next steps
  • Why Corey’s first attempt at creating a successful production company collapsed
  • Why Corey can thank Mountain Dew for his marriage
  • How Corey finally quit smoking pot
  • What motivated Corey to move home to Chicago
  • How Corey established his own storytelling and publishing company, Round Table Companies (RTC)
  • Why great writers should embrace vulnerability
  • Why Corey developed the Vulnerability is Sexy art wall
  • Why Corey wants leaders to believe their vulnerability is beautiful