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An Interview With Ming Zhao

Ming S. Zhao
Oct 25 · 15 min read

Have positive and sustainable self-worth. When interviewing leaders about struggles and setbacks, I’ve noticed that many of the women interviewees mentioned their reduced self-worth when approaching burnout. It made me understand how extremely important is our sense of self-worth to thrive and face hardships and adversity. Our sense of worth should not be subjected to external approval — and it’s up to us to find the keys to maintain it on a regular basis.

  • Consistency and grit. As an entrepreneur, I had my fair share of failures and setbacks. From lack of funding for my first enterprise “Be the Change” to normalizing open conversations about burnout and convincing organizations that it’s their responsibility to tackle that issue strategically — I have encountered many struggles, which often resulted in closed doors, unpaid months, and team turnover. But I wasn’t planning to give up. I strongly believe that my mission is needed; and so if the door was closed — I used the window instead. I raised the needed capital or pivoted accordingly. I paved new paths and partnered up with committed people who walk this journey with me to this day. I see consistency as an ongoing practice, which is equally important as professional mastery.
  • Staying true to my own voice. Every time I was trying to mimic others, I found myself regretting doing that. And every time I insisted on adhering to my values and principles, I felt a little braver. It wasn’t always accepted with warm applause; people weren’t always cheering and understanding. But I had a strong inner knowing that it’s the right thing for me to do. I was told that burnout is too small of a field to practice, but I wanted to focus. I was offered jobs that would ensure me financial stability, but social change drew me and resonated with my core. I received what could be considered hurtful comments on a few articles and posts I’ve published, but I chose not to get hurt. I wanted my truth to speak on my behalf, not popularity, instant hacks, or easy-to-digest messages. “When you try to please everyone, you ended up impacting no one” is a mantra I keep repeating for myself, which is extremely helpful when you found yourself swimming against the current.

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Ming S. Zhao

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Co-founder and CEO of PROVEN Skincare. Ming is an entrepreneur, business strategist, investor and podcast host.

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