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The Quiet Warrior Podcast with Serena Low

Serena Low, Introvert Coach for Quiet Achievers and Quiet Warriors

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Are you an introvert who wants to be more and do more, beyond what’s safe, comfortable, and pleasing to others? Your host is Serena Low, and her life’s purpose is to help quiet achievers become quiet warriors. As a Midlife Career Mentor, Certified Social + Intelligence Coach, and author of the Amazon Bestseller, The Hero Within: Reinvent Your Life One New Chapter at a Time, Serena is passionate about getting you through imposter syndrome, overthinking, perfectionism, low self-worth, fear of ...
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Suppose you’re an introvert and quiet achiever, looking to grow your influence and capacity in your workplace or business. Scenario 1: You know you’re good at what you do, and your colleagues all agree you’re the indispensable team member who gets things done. But you’re tired of waiting in the wings to be noticed. You want more people to recognize…
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In this insightful episode, Serena sits down with Karalyn Brown, a multifaceted LinkedIn profile writer, recruitment expert, and social media maven. Karalyn brings her extensive background in HR, journalism, and recruitment to help job seekers and career changers navigate the tumultuous job market. From the impact of AI on employment to leveraging …
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Welcome to episode 50 of The Quiet Warrior Podcast! Thank you for being part of this special journey. I appreciate you, I appreciate your feedback and comments about what you’re learning, and I’m grateful that we have connected here. Today, I’m taking my own advice to be intentional by pressing pause to look back on this journey and to celebrate ho…
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In this episode of the Quiet Warrior podcast, Avery Thatcher and I delve into the topic of burnout, a condition experienced by many due to chronic stress. Given the tumultuous times we live in and the increasing pace of life and work, how do we stay alert to the signs that we may be suffering from burnout? Avery, a former ICU nurse turned burnout r…
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If you’re a professional or executive contemplating your next move, at the back of your mind you might have questions such as: Is this the right time? Am I too old / too young? Do I have the right skill sets and experience? How do I find a career that aligns better with my values and purpose? My guest speaker for this episode, Kate Richardson, is a…
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This episode explores the challenges of embarking on something that you have little experience or expertise in. Talking Points: What is conscious incompetence My experience with conscious incompetence at school Why high achievers struggle to admit that there are things they don’t know and aren’t good at My 8 tips for navigating the season of not kn…
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My guest today is Terrance Lee, an aerospace and defense program manager with 18 years of experience and the author of The Introvert Leader book series. Talking Points: Terrance’s journey from being an outspoken child to becoming introspective following an incident at school, and how this led him to discover the strengths inherent in his introverte…
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If you feel like you are in constant overwhelm and life is chaos, you are not alone. Most of us start the day hoping for a good day or even an ordinary day, but something happens and we get much more than we were prepared for, leaving us stressed, anxious, and in reactive mode. In this episode, we look at: How childhood experiences and conditioning…
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In this episode, we explore the concept of being a quiet achiever and whether it's okay to stay content in that role, or aspire to become a more visible and active contributor. We delve into the characteristics of quiet achievers, the potential pitfalls of remaining in the background, and strategies for transitioning from a quiet achiever to a more…
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For the perfectionist, overthinker, and overachiever, nothing less than 100% will do. But unrealistic goals and impossibly high standards can end up discouraging us from persisting long enough to see progress. So why not make it easy on yourself? Aim to be 1% better today than you were yesterday. Listen in to envision what 1% better could look like…
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If it’s been 10-15 years since your last pregnancy and you’ve started noticing some changes in your body and your moods, this is the episode you don’t want to miss! I’ve been on the perimenopause journey since 2022 and this is the information I wish I’d known earlier. Join me as I interview Amita Sharma, co-founder of global women’s wellness platfo…
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If you know someone who acts as if it’s always someone else’s fault when things don’t go their way, who believes that others are responsible for their happiness and wellbeing, that they deserve special treatment because they are better than others, listen on, because our guest today is a coach who specializes in narcissistic abuse and the bestselli…
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Welcome to Episode 40 of the Quiet Warrior Podcast. As we come out of the holiday season and get back into the rhythm of normal life, how do you want 2024 to be different from last year? What would make this a meaningful, fulfilling, prosperous, healthy, inspiring year? Can you find 15 minutes to sit quietly, look back on the past 12 months, and ve…
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As parents, we want the best for our children, but how do we know when our expectations are reasonable, or if we are projecting inherited patterns and beliefs from our own upbringing, including our childhood trauma? I have played guide, observer, counsellor and mentor to my children over the years, and there are many times I have got it wrong: When…
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What’s one of the most common catchphrases of people who are stuck? “I need more clarity!” If I have more clarity, I will know what the next step is. I will know what to do, and I will know how to go about doing it. That’s what I thought and did for decades. Until I realized I’d got the order wrong. Clarity comes after you take action. It is only w…
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Two ideas that have inspired Nancy: Have fun losing face There’s no shame showing my work if I’m doing a great job Nancy’s journey to being more outspoken Career progression is seldom linear Why is it that when put on the spot, the words don’t come? Introverts are deep thinkers and take extra time to process and prepare our responses Fear of being …
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My guest for this episode was Natalia Walker, founder of Inner Creative. Here’s what I learned from our conversation: The truth: Every one of us is creative (not just children)! How to put less pressure on ourselves by changing our expectations of what being creative looks like. Natalia’s Creativity Mantra: “I’m open and willing to make mistakes. I…
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If you’ve ever felt defeated by the blank page while trying to be creative, this episode is for you. Why is it so much harder for us as adults to be creative and playful compared to our children? When was the last time you felt truly relaxed, free, and unconscious of the need to get it right? When did you forget how to be playful and to have fun? T…
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Do people tell you that you’re boring? Before being too quick to assume they are right (or wrong!), let’s use this as an opportunity to reflect. Does someone saying I’m boring make me boring? What does it mean to be boring? What makes someone interesting? Is it about getting out of the house more, having hobbies, doing fun and interesting things, m…
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Feedback is a word that can trigger the overthinker in us, whether we’re the one giving the feedback, or the one receiving it. Being asked to give feedback can feel like one more cognitive task to add to an already lengthy to-do list. But what if you could ask yourself a different question? Instead of “What’s in it for me?”, try putting yourself in…
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If you’re an introvert and/or highly sensitive person (HSP) and also a facilitator, trainer, or educator who works with groups, you may find yourself completely drained at the end of a day of delivering workshops and talking to people. How do you manage your energy reserves so you can bring your best when you’re at work? Here’s what I’ve learned: Y…
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Becoming a Quiet Warrior is a lifelong endeavour. One does not become brave overnight, but one challenge, one setback, one yes (or no) at a time. Here are some ways I am cultivating the traits of courage, openness, strength, and agility. LESSON 1: Tend to my own inner landscape first, so I can be the best parent to my children. LESSON 2: Cherish my…
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Is it possible to make small talk, meet new people, and network - as an introvert? Yes! You mean I don’t have to be extroverted? No! Episode highlights: Learn to do it your way, by honouring your values, energy and personality. When you start from the premise that there is nothing wrong with you and that you are simply wired differently, it becomes…
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In this episode, Monica Kalra, International Divorce and Relationship Confidence Coach, shares her experiences growing up in the Indian culture, the intersection between culture, gender, and being a migrant, and the ongoing challenge of navigating traditional vs modern social norms. Monica’s advice on how to avoid victim mentality when a relationsh…
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If you're looking for ways to increase your happiness, I encourage you to listen to this episode. Fiona Redding, founder of The Happiness Hunter and host of The Happiness Hunter Podcast, shares some valuable insights that can help you create a happier life for yourself. What is happiness Happiness is "the feeling of being content and fulfilled". Ha…
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If the events of the last 3 years have affected you negatively, you're not alone. You're no longer the same person you were before 2020, and neither are your friends and loved ones. Perhaps it's time to ask yourself: Do I want to socialize the same way I used to? Is my old social circle still right for me? Is it time to make new friends? Instead of…
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Key points covered: An insight into how DISC profiling came about What DISC profiling is and isn’t How best to use DISC profiling, and what not to use it for The light and shadow of the D, I, S and C How DISC helps you maximize your strengths and shore up your weaknesses as a business owner or when working as part of a team Resources: https://disci…
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In this episode, Menopause Energy Mentor Miyako Hazama shares how everyone, especially the introverted, can access the power of real breath and correct breathing to relieve and release tension, prepare ourselves energetically so we can step up when presenting and speaking, and emotionally self-regulate when facing out-of-the-comfort-zone situations…
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Episode 24: The Shame of Being Shy, Sensitive, Socially Anxious or Introverted What is shame? What’s the difference between shame and guilt? How does shame affect the shy, sensitive, socially anxious or introverted individual as a child, at school, at work, and in business? What are some of the cultural or gender norms that contribute to one’s feel…
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An introvert, an empath, and a highly sensitive person walk into a roomful of strangers. How would each react to: Making small talk with new people? The level of background noise, the lighting, the layout, the aesthetics? The conversations taking place simultaneously across different groups? This week, we explore: The traits of an empath and how to…
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In this episode, I share the key lessons I'm learning from Anita Moorjani's powerful book for empaths, Sensitive Is The New Strong. This episode is particularly relevant if you are an empath, and going through a journey of healing and recovery from a health crisis. Ask yourself these four questions to manage your response to illness in a more empow…
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In this episode, Serena and Dominique Oyston discuss: Why more introverts need to speak up and share their stories, their intuitive gifts, and their voices Negative beliefs and traumas that hold introverts back from growing What archetypes are and how they help us in our personal growth journey How the warrior archetype helps introverts access cour…
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In this episode, Serena discusses: Why introverts struggle to make friends as adults. What introverts are looking for in friendship and community. How the pandemic has affected the introvert's socializing skills and willingness to connect. How social norms and the fear of judgment hold introverts back. The one small thing you can start doing today …
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To be seen or not to be seen - that is the question. A business owner who is also an introvert needs a different kind of strategy when establishing and maintaining an online presence. You want followers and clients and a business that actually makes money - but not at the expense of your privacy, safety, and mental health. Let’s talk about some way…
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In this episode of the Quiet Warrior Podcast, workplace culture consultant and solopreneur success coach Summer Turner challenges the conventional advice to introverts to “step out of your comfort zone”, and makes the case for why introverts should stay inside their comfort zone instead. Serena and Summer discuss: What drew Summer to work with intr…
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In this episode of The Quiet Warrior, we welcome Tracy Fields, RSW, MSW, a therapist who works with introverted sensitive teens and adults. As an avid follower of Tracy's work and an introverted parent with introverted children, I decided to ask the questions that I knew other parents would be curious about: What it was like growing up as a more qu…
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Who are you by yourself, away from the expectations and influences of others? What do you say when someone says "Tell me about yourself"? Identity means different things to each of us, and questions of identity go deep and have many layers. How much of us is created and chosen consciously, and how much is a by-product of those around us, the influe…
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How do we as introverts excel at presenting and speaking in the face of impostor syndrome, nerves, and "brain freeze" moments? Join me and Susan Weser for a fun and insightful conversation on how to overcome the common fears and anxieties around being in the spotlight, how to manage your energy before and during your presentation, and how to levera…
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One of the common challenges introverts tell me they face is in communication. We want to be better at communicating with others, including making conversation, whether it's at a social gathering, networking event, or at work. Perhaps the real problem is not that we are not good communicators, but that there are differences between how introverts l…
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Thrilled to have Steve Friedman join me to share about growing up as the quiet one among his siblings, his journey of self-discovery, his experience working in a corporate environment for 30 years and the challenges he faced, how introverts are disadvantaged in the workplace, what he sees as the introvert's greatest strengths and weaknesses, and wh…
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Do you have team members who don't talk much, stay silent when asked for their views, and seem reluctant to contribute to discussions? They may be introverts. Here are 10 things they wish they could tell you about how they think, work, and communicate. You will have a whole new appreciation for the power of introversion in the workplace, and be bet…
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Just as it is said that good fences make good neighbours, so too healthy boundaries are necessary for us to flourish. When our boundaries are weak or absent, we expose oursellves to the possibility of overuse, misuse and abuse.with dire consequences for our physical, mental, financial and emotional wellbeing. Tune in for practical examples of how t…
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We may know what we're supposed to do to step up in our career, relationships, finances, but what holds us back is a lack of trust. We don't trust others, we don't trust that problems can be resolved, or that things will work out for the best. More insidious is that deep down, we don't really trust ourselves. Maybe we have a pattern of letting ours…
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Did you grow up being told that you were not smart enough, not good-looking enough, not hardworking enough, not lovable enough? How did that affect you? As a mature adult and now as a parent, do you find yourself sometimes repeating dysfunctional old patterns even though you want something better for yourself and your family? How do we find healing…
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It's the classic advice we give as parents, friends, colleagues. "Just be yourself" - the implication being that if we only do that, everything will be fine. People will like us, love us, approve of us, and maybe even give us what we ask for. But the deeper question we really want answered is: is it safe for me to just be myself? What happens when …
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Most introverts I know dread small talk. It feels awkward, fake, scripted. We would much rather dive straight into deep and meaningful conversations, preferably with those who share our inclinations. So what is small talk, why should we (bother to) get good at it, and how can introverts small-talk our way to better relationships? Thanks for listeni…
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What do you do when you need to make your presence felt, but find speaking and interacting with others draining and exhausting? How do you find the energy to show up and be present in a quietly impactful way? In this episode, I delve into what causes introverts to withdraw or shut down, and how to switch on the energy when the occasion calls for it…
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Here's a challenge I hear a lot from ambitious, creative and entrepreneurial introverts. We want to put ourselves out in the world, but we also want to stay hidden. How do you make peace with this dilemma? What can you do to overcome the conflicting emotions around visibility? In this episode, I ask some honest but hard-hitting questions and share …
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I'm a perfectionist in some areas of my life, and probably you are too. What's wrong with wanting to get it right? Shouldn't we have standards? When is perfectionism healthy and when is it not? Is it okay for us as introverts to lower our standards sometimes and accept that okay is good enough? Tune into this episode for tips on how to be imperfect…
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I’m an overthinker, and I have to guess that if you’ve found this podcast, you might be one too. Overthinking can cause decision paralysis and can stop us from achieving what we know we can achieve. Often, we intellectually know what to do but we are emotionally invested in getting it “right,” which causes us to take no action at all. If you find y…
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