Episode #172. Could you be a sensitive striver? For those that feel everything deeply, yet still want to make a positive impact on the world, the term ‘sensitive striver’ might just describe you perfectly. To dive into this fascinating personality profile, I’m chatting with Melody Wilding. Melody has coined the term ‘sensitive striver’ and in this conversation, we talk about what it means to run a business with this personality and what you can do to best manage your energy when the world feels overwhelming.
In This Episode You’ll Learn:
- What it means to be a ‘sensitive striver’
- How to manage your energy when running a business
- The surprising science behind empathy
- Why ‘good girl’ conditioning leads to a major mindset trap
- Melody’s repurposing trick for saving energy
- How to cultivate your intuition muscle
“Your empathy is your greatest strength in your business. But if it’s unmanaged or unprotected, there can really quickly become a lack of both internal and external boundaries around it.”
“If you’re not using your time wisely, you’re not moving your business ahead. Even during those low-energy days, it’s not beating yourself up, not kind of chucking the whole day away, just because you don’t feel great. Making small, incremental progress on things is really crucial to your own well-being.”
“We want to check all the boxes and do everything right. Because of that conditioning, we have this all-or-nothing mentality, that there is one right way to do business and we need to figure it out.”
More About Melody:
Melody Wilding, LMSW is an executive coach for smart, sensitive high-achievers and author of Trust Yourself: Stop Overthinking and Channel Your Emotions for Sucess at Work. Recently named one of Business Insider’s Most Innovative Coaches for her groundbreaking work on “Sensitive Strivers”, her clients include CEOs, C-level executives, and managers at top Fortune 500 companies such as Google, HP, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, IBM, Citibank, JP Morgan, and others.
Melody has been featured on The New York Times, The Oprah Magazine, NBC News, and spoken at Stanford University, Walmart, Adweek, Burberry, and more. She’s here to help you break free from self-doubt and imposter syndrome so you can use your sensitivity as the superpower that it is. Melody is a licensed social worker with a Masters’s degree from Columbia University, and a former researcher at Rutgers University. She is a professor of Human Behavior at Hunter College and is a contributor to Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, and Business Insider.