How Perspective Can Turn A Downfall Into A Purposeful Springboard

“I think it’s really important to just follow your intuition and to break free of expectations and take risks.”

Episode summary:

In this episode, Alice Yeh shares powerful insights into the lessons we can learn from our childhoods, the impact of internal stories on our identity, and her unique perspective on making mistakes (and learning to laugh at yourself when you do!) Alice guides us through her own journey, transitioning from 14 years in corporate to starting her coaching business, including a life-changing “Eat, Pray, Slay” year after her first of three layoffs. She highlights the importance of challenging negative thoughts, reframing perspectives, and using affirmations for personal growth. Alice’s belief that change happens by choice or force encourages listeners to trust their intuition, take risks, and seek challenges, ultimately leading to a more fulfilling life. Discover the keys to achieving self-mastery and making risks and uncertainty more manageable.

What to listen for:

  • The lessons we can learn from our childhoods
  • Alice’s perspective on making mistakes
  • How our internal stories shape who we are

“We are the stories that we tell ourselves. We all have this inner critic telling us what we can or can’t do, how we’re not good enough, especially when we’re comparing ourselves to others. But these are all like false stories that we tell ourselves because at the core of it, I think we’re innately afraid of failure, we’re afraid of judgment, and we’re afraid of the unknown or this uncertainty.

  • How Alice challenges negative thoughts through reframing
  • Using affirmations to create shifts in yourself
  • From 14 years in corporate to starting her coaching business
  • Alice’s story of feeling unworthy because she never got promoted
  • Checking all the life boxes doesn’t ensure success
  • The “Eat, Pray, Slay” year that transformed Alice

“I ended up taking a full year off. I traveled to Costa Rica, Bali, and Australia. I learned Spanish. I started a travel blog. I did yoga teacher training. I got Reiki certified. So this first layoff and the year-long sabbatical that I had afterwards was one of the best things that could have happened to me. The layoff was actually just a blessing in disguise. It allowed me to actually take a step back and really think about what I wanted to do with my life.

  • Alice’s belief that change happens by choice or by force
  • Understanding that there’s more to life than work
  • Trusting your intuition and taking more risks
  • Seeking out challenges and stepping out of your comfort zone

“For some people, [understanding your intuition] can be harder than others. And I think a big part of that is to really understand yourself, get clear on what you want, and why you want those things. Change happens by choice or by force. So you have the power to change your life or your career. And I think one of the first things in terms of advice is to know what direction you’re going.

  • Knowing what direction you’re going to achieve self-mastery
  • How to make challenges, risks, and uncertainty easier

About Alice Yeh:

Alice Yeh is a Life Fulfillment Coach for high-achieving mid-career professionals who are feeling stuck, experiencing burnout, and wondering if they’re meant for something better. She helps them overcome uncertainty and find a path forward toward the more exciting and fulfilling life they desire by letting go of the ideas of perfectionism and playing it safe. Her journey has taken her from Wall Street to Silicon Valley to startups as well as working abroad as an expat, visiting 50+ countries, getting an MBA, taking a year-long sabbatical, and living through 3 layoffs. She currently lives in San Francisco, where she enjoys practicing yoga and pilates to take advantage of that zen California dream lifestyle. Find her at or @heyaliceyeh on Instagram.


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