Our greatest strengths are our greatest weaknesses.

I’d say my greatest strength is the love I have for people. I really do wear my heart on my sleeve. After all, it is my love for people which drove me to study public relations in the first place.

The dangerous thing about loving with an open heart is that it leaves you vulnerable to those who are comfortable with taking advantage.

So many times I have acted thoughtlessly and even stupidly in order to help or please someone I care about.

I fall in love with every person I befriend (not romantic love), I trust too easily and I welcome people with open arms but it is this very love that drives me to be there for anyone I care about when they need help.  It is also this very love which has allowed me to be hurt by those very people who couldn’t care less about my feelings.

So while my ability to love may be my greatest strength, it is also my greatest weakness. In life that’s just the way it is. You’ve got to take the good with the bad and pray that in the end, it’ll all be worth it.

How do you step from the top of a 100-foot pole?

Life is filled with risks. I’d even go as far as to say life is a risk. If you never take any risks in life you’ll miss out on the thrill of the ride. We fear the unknown because we can’t control it. We feel vulnerable and exposed, scared that things might go terribly wrong.

There is a lesson to be learnt in every failure, in every risk we take. Going through life trying to maintain a balance is hard enough. Be brave and follow your heart – believe that no matter what the outcome, you’ll come out okay.

So how do you step off a 100-foot pole? You close your eyes, take a deep breath and you take a leap of faith.