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083—What's one thing you're proud of doing this year?

🧠 Branding the Problem 
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Jason Shen
Jason Shen
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083—What's one thing you're proud of doing this year?

This the 80th edition of Cultivating Resilience, a weekly newsletter how we build, adapt, and lead in times of change—brought to you by Jason Shen, a PM, resilience coach, 1st gen immigrant, ex-gymnast, and 3x startup founder.

🤔 What's one thing you're proud of?

Social science suggests that pride is a deeply ingrained human behavior, with kids first experiencing it as early as 30 months into life. Research believe that pride is a emotion that motivates and reinforces socially valued behaviors that earn you social status and respect.

And it turns out talking about what you're proud of is part of that!

Proud individuals ensure these benefits by directly informing others of their accomplishments; the two most frequent behavioral responses to a pride experience are ‘‘making contact with others’’ (reported by 47% of individuals experiencing pride) and ‘‘seeking out others’’ (39%; Noftle & Robins, 2006).
So tell me: what's one thing you're proud of doing this year?

Doesn't have to be the "most important" thing or the thing you'll put in your annual review. But just something that mattered to you. Tell me so I can celebrate with you!

Once again, reply back over email (it just goes to me) and I'll share with you my answer!

🧠 The Importance of Branding a Problem

I'm reading a great book called Upstream by Dan Heath about the challenge of preventative efforts to solve problems before they happen. This is obviously a huge challenge when you think about things like climate change, public health, or anti-Asian hate.

Upstream - The Question to Solve Problems Before They Happen

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One of the ideas Dan articulates is about problem blindness. The idea that until we really make it clear that something is a problem, we can't solve it. This may seem obvious, but there are a lot of problems people will dismiss as simply "how things go".