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117: Resilience Archetypes

🤔 How do you approach change? 🧠 Saying No to Say Yes 🖼 Deadlines (Scotch & Bean) 👉 Serena’s Final Fight

Jason Shen
Jason Shen
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117: Resilience Archetypes

🧐 How do you respond to change?

I recently published a piece in The Muse exploring 4 different archetypes for dealing with change. I call these "resilience archetypes" and they fall into the Warrior, the Healer, the Pioneer, and the Scholar (which you can see illustrated in the header image for this issue).

By the way, many of you joined this newsletter via the quiz — welcome 👋

In the article, I have a short quiz that can help you figure out which archetype you fall into and advice for using your strengths to the fullest.  Check it out and let me know which type you are👇

How Do You Deal With Crisis and Change? Take This Resilience Quiz
And find out how to put your strengths to work.

🧠 Saying No In Order to Say Yes

I hate turning someone down. It feels like disappointing them. I know what it's like to be on the other side of a "no" and I never want to be the one delivering such a rejection.

That said, I recently said no to a prospective coaching client.

This was someone who had found me through my writing, looked into my offering as a coach and asked for my help. That's a really hard thing to say no to.

But I said no because I knew I wasn't the best coach for this person, for their goals and their current position. And I wanted to leave room to take on the right client for me—an entrepreneurial leader looking to make their comeback.

When you say "no" for the right reasons, you aren't turning them down, you're turning them on to something better. When you say "no" for the right reasons, you're not giving up an opportunity, you're giving yourself a chance for something better.

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Tell me: What's something you're saying "no" to so you can say "yes" to something else?

🖼 S&B #045: Deadlines

Shout out to Douglas Adams for Panel 4


👉 Serena’s Final Fight

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The legendary Serena Williams had her final match of the US Open last night, in a grueling 3 hour battle against newcomer Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia. Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the last two decades, you know Serena, along with her sister Venus, have had an incredible uphill climb to being two of the most celebrated athletes in tennis, and in sports in general.

I've been listening to an amazing podcast called All-American that profiles a different athlete every season. The first season featured Tiger Woods and the next is on Serena. While she's now a huge favorite, she wasn't always so beloved and whenever I think things have been hard for me, I just consider what it must have been like for the Williams sisters.

What Serena Williams Gave the World
In a wide-ranging interview, the tennis superstar says goodbye to the sport she changed forever
Serena Williams’s Farewell to Tennis—In Her Own Words
“It’s the hardest thing.”
All-American: Venus & Serena

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