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    Eryn Eddy is a social entrepreneur, author, speaker, and the founder of So Worth Loving, a lifestyle clothing brand and community of passionate and original individuals that exists to embrace the past and empower the future. She and her work have been featured on CNN, MSNBC, and even the Oprah Magazine. Her book, So Worth Loving: How Discovering Your True Value Changes Everything, is a reminder that to be human is to be imperfect. She joins Marcel Schwantes to share insights about her personal struggle, community, empathy, and the power of honest conversations. She talks about entrepreneurship and the impact of self-doubt on our ability to work and lead others.

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    Show Notes

    • Marcel asks Eryn to describe the big idea behind her book. “[My book] is not a memoir or a self-help book… it’s an invitation to learn that struggling is human, doubt is human,” Eryn shares. “It’s a matter of [learning] how to face those things and [surrounding yourself with the right people] to help walk you through that.” [6:01]
    • Introspection is necessary for the process of self-discovery, Marcel claims. It’s important for people to look inside themselves, honestly inspect their hearts, and address their blind spots, because that’s where the work begins. [12:29]
    • Imposter syndrome can be a serious hindrance for a leader. “Believing [in your imposter syndrome] will cause you to disqualify yourself to lead. You’ll have that conversation in your head… which will hold you back from stepping in and stepping up to do what is required of you,” Eryn explains. [15:24]
    • Many people in positions of leadership often experience failure and setbacks. Marcel asks Eryn how leaders can bounce back from this, especially if they are experiencing it for the first time. We rarely give ourselves permission to be still in our failures, she responds, but we must learn how to. Failure is an excellent teacher and understanding why it happens can prepare us for the future. [21:04]
    • “It’s very easy to be a destructive critic of yourself,” Eryn remarks. “Treating yourself with patience and kindness, constructive criticism can be hard, but once you learn how to do it, you will naturally know how to treat your team the same way.” [29:02]
    • While self-care is important, it is equally important to avoid overindulgence in activities that feel good in the moment but are more harmful than good over time. There must be a balance between relaxation and discipline, Eryn comments, even when discipline feels draining. [33:29]
    • “The lines of work and [personal] life are now blended because of the pandemic,” Marcel says. “Now more than ever, you should start meetings with your employees and team members by checking in with everyone… Someone may be struggling [with something] that the community at work can help with, which would lead to better business outcomes.” [37:38]
    •  Eryn advises leaders to give themselves permission to rest for a day. [44:22]

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