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Cultivating Resilience

Cultivating Resilience

Cultivating Resilience is a newsletter for innovators seeking to build, adapt, and lead in times of disruptive change.

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My goal is to reshare familiar concepts in new ways, point you to something delightful and unexpected, find the overlap between new research and ancient wisdom, and speak directly to you as as a peer—someone who is trying to introduce new ideas, products, and systems to the world in the face of headwinds and uncertainty.

Every Saturday, subscribers receive:

  • thought-provoking questions to ponder
  • curated links, ideas, and original essays around resilience
  • fun and insightful comics, memes, and diagrams
  • tips, tactics, or practical resources that can applied immediately

Cultivating Resilience is read by more than 1,600 founders, investors, technologists, and educators from places like Google, Facebook, Brex, Pfizer, Cornell, Royal Bank of Canada, and top Silicon Valley startups and VC firms.

What People are Saying:

"A very human take on the tech world I'm usually overly immersed in, and I love it for that" — Series C startup CEO
"Does a great job synthesizing concepts about resilience across different fields, book recs (and summaries) AND a fun + relatable comic at the end. what more could you ask for"—Microsoft PM
"Like a huge breath of fresh air" — Healthcare data scientist
“Interesting discoveries that come from all corners of the Internet” — NYTimes published journalist

Sample Issues

084: 13 Resilience Lessons From 2021
A look back on Cultivating Resilience in 2021, including Presidential leadership in turbulent times, the “stress-is-enhancing” mindset, how near-misses help you win and 10 more ideas to help you build, adapt, and lead.
066: How Masculine Ideals Affect Resilience
🖼 Lessons Learned (Scotch & Bean) + 👉 Flow Club (focused virtual coworking)
063: The Resilience of Simone & Suni
This is the 63rd edition of Cultivating Resilience, a weekly newsletter how we build, adapt, and lead in times of change—brought to you by Jason Shen, a 1st gen immigrant, retired gymnast, and 3x startup founder turned Facebook PM. Subscribe now 🧠 On Simone and SuniI wrote a new column
059: INFRA - Mapping the impact of change
🧠 The INFRA model + 🖼 How communication really works + 👉 Visual Creator Kit
042: 🧠 How Near Misses and Failures Lead to Success
Also: 🖼 Morning Larks vs Night Owls + 👉 Self-Compassion Journaling

Browse all back issues here