The biggest career risk I've taken and how I found the courage take it - Saron Yitbarek, Code NewbiesFeatured

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Hi Elphas – as a reminder – this is part of our new public posts series sharing conversations with women across tech on the topic of #careergrowth. Please share your perspectives and thoughts in the comments below.Saron, thanks for sharing this powerful and vulnerable insight with us.
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Saron, I love the way you explained the mental struggle you experienced in coming to terms with managing your brain health. I try to advocate for brain health by asking, would you have a problem with taking insulin if you were a Type 1 diabetic? I manage my health with medication and most recently, lost someone very close to me because of their brain health degradation resulting from not taking medication because of all these ego-based, incorrect connotations related to meds. I am so happy that you are exemplifying the alternative and more healthy (for you) option. You help yourself and everyone around you too for the better. Such a beautiful journey!
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"The takeaway is that the tools you love don’t always work." Lessons for makers. 👏🏼
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So true!
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It takes incredible courage Saron to find and try something new and then to write about it. Well done. Your story is inspiring and will help others try new tools for new challenges.
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Your story and the decision to choose a new tool are so inspiring. It reminded me of a book in which the author, who is an exec coach, wrote that many execs need to abandon the tools that got them to their place in order to make the next leap. I want to have your quote framed by my desk. Thank you for sharing such a vulnerable story with us.
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I love that! I guess my question is now: how do you search for and find the right tool?
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Yeah, that's a hard one, and everyone has their own method. My go-to would be 1) listen to my guts and intuitions, and explore those and see where they lead. 2) Have a 3rd perspective. Speak to a mentor or a coach and get some outsider insights. I'm someone who also talks out-loud when I'm thinking or brainstorming, so having people to bounce ideas off with me is always helpful.
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thank you for sharing this inspiring story! life is so fluid and constantly evolving, and we never know what's next. recognizing that change was needed is a strength in itself.
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Hi Saron, In my humble opinion, you should work on your resilience to tackle the anxieties. The medicine quickly becomes a placebo and I'd advise you to take on a more sustainable strategy - to master your mind so that you don't need medicine. Personally I would take anxiety as a clue that there is something that frustrates me, rather than use medication - especially that it was never your first choice. That means deep inside, you know better. I wouldn't push through those attacks, because that's ignoring them and they don't like to be ignored.. I've worked with a couple people with anxieties where after a single session the anxieties would be gone for weeks, and they get a tool to deal with their particular anxiety from me so that they can use them as needed. Unless you handle the root cause of your anxiety, it will keep coming back, and growing, causing consecutive diseases. I know it sounds harsh, but even if you don't like this, I felt like I had to warn you. I'm saying this with love. I hope you're doing great!