GCM 246 | Self Care

 

As a leader, you must work hard, but you must not sacrifice your health. Self-care is essential, especially if you want to achieve success. Rodney Flowers sits down for a conversation with Giulia Cian Seren about taking care of your mental health to boost performance and drive change in your organization. Giulia is an entrepreneur, digital marketer, and speaker. She started her entrepreneurship journey as a self-employed digital marketing consultant. She specializes in helping traditional businesses grow through the internet. In this episode, Giulia shares the lessons she learned throughout the years, the importance of shifting your mindset and expressing yourself to achieve goals.

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Best Self-Care Practices For Better Leadership And Productivity With Giulia Cian Seren

 

As always, I’m excited about this episode. I have a very important and special guest with a very special story. You’re going to want to read this. You’re going to want to stick around and check out this interview because it’s going to be a very interesting and inspiring interview. That’s what I love to bring to you guys. Interesting, inspiring, motivating and very educational interviews. This person is one of those people who is pretty awesome.

I have Giulia Cian Seren in the studio with me. She specializes in helping traditional businesses grow through the internet. She started her marketing journey back in 2011 and she now runs her own company called Juicy Pickles. We’re going to talk about that, her journey, her story and her mindset. She has a very interesting mindset that you’re going to appreciate. Without further ado, let’s welcome Giulia Cian Seren to the show. Welcome to the show, Giulia.

I am very excited to be here.

You have a very interesting story and a journey that led you to Juicy Pickles. I wanted to dive into that. I want to share your story with the audience because there’s so much in there to unpack and it’s very inspirational. I wanted to allow them to get what I got from hearing your story. This is something people need to know. Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Let me share a little bit about how Juicy Pickles came about and how I went through that. I opened Juicy Pickles as a company in 2017 in Singapore. After I had spent 3 or 4 years working out of Europe, Europe got a little bit small and a little bit expensive. When I realized that Singapore could provide a pretty big tax advantage to Europe and it was also an awesome place to be based in, that’s when I decided to leave Europe behind and make Southeast Asia my home.

As a 25, 26-year-old, it was amazing how easy it was to get clients. In Europe, everybody would ask you about your age. Everybody would wonder who your parents are or what your degree says. Whereas in Asia, everyone was a lot more goal-driven and a lot more results-oriented. Nobody cared where I came from or who I am. What people cared about was whether I could get the job done or not. To me, that was unbelievable. I set up my company there.

For a few years, everything was well and good. I was growing and getting more clients. They were happy and kept referring me to other people. Along the way, as it often happens, a girl meets a boy. A girl thinks it’s a good idea to start a business together. After a girl and boy start a business together, as we all can imagine, it doesn’t go well. In 2019, I was running my digital marketing company on one hand, and a restaurant, a cafe, a coffee kiosk with the other hand, and the other half of my time with my then partner. It was crazy. Most days it was crazy in a good way. On some days, it was crazy in the bad days.

When you start to mix business and relationships, it’s hard for both parties to have the same outcome. You can either have a thriving business or a thriving relationship out of it. You need to pick one. I find it really hard. When I see people that combine both, I’m like, “How are you pulling that off?” Especially those who are doing it in industries like F&B or food and beverage where it’s a cutthroat business. It’s almost a 24/7 job. When people are off celebrating, you’re open because you’re hosting their dinners, anniversaries, brunches and coffees.

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It was pretty crazy in the sense that it got to a point where I realized that I was struggling with my own mental health. I realized that I was depressed and also that the relationship I was in was not a healthy one for many reasons. It is because of my own behavior as well. I’m not trying to pin everything on my ex. It takes two to clap. Things weren’t going that well. At the same time, when you’re in a relationship with someone with whom you run a business, leaving is hard. Although I saw the signs and the red flags, it took me about a year and a half to make the capital decision of leaving.

That was January 1st, 2020. I started 2020 living with a friend. She had a guest bedroom that I could crash in. Being out of the businesses that I had built and invested all my money in, I only had 2 or 3 clients at that point because my digital marketing time was cut down so much. I had to start from zero. From where I’m standing now looking back to see all that’s changed in the last 18 to 20 months is unbelievable.

In such a short time, I managed to get back to a place where I am mentally healthy. I am emotionally healthy. I am in a healthy relationship. I’m also physically healthier than I’ve ever been. I have muscles for the first time in my life. I’ve never had that before. My business is thriving too. I filed my taxes here in Singapore for 2020 and I realized that I’ve made $100,000 of profit. I didn’t even know how that happened. It’s been a pretty wild rollercoaster to go up, down, up and hopefully, never down again, at least never in the same way. That’s always what I try to do. I try to make different mistakes as much as possible.

What have you learned through this process that you could share with us from a mental aspect? You talked about how you’re more mentally stronger and stable now. What were some of those lessons and what did you learn? What message would you like to pass on to the readers?

I have learned so many lessons and I would love to share them all but I believe we only have 45 minutes. Let me share my top three lessons instead. Lesson number one is that going to therapy is not a problem. I know a lot of people feel that going to therapy means being less than, being crazy or being wrong but I wish it would become as normal as seeing the dentist. If your teeth are hurting, you wouldn’t hesitate to see a dentist right away. Don’t hesitate to see a therapist right away when something is off inside of you. This is message number one. If you read anything from this, take this home. See a therapist when you feel like you need one. It’s been a huge help to have some professional guidance in that area of my life in the past few years and I would honestly recommend this to everyone who feels like they need it.

Lesson number two connects to seeing a therapist and to taking care of your mental health. The second thing that I’ve learned that I hold dear to my heart is to invest in yourself. Whether that means sleeping enough every night or whether that means taking yourself out for a coffee in the middle of the day. Do it. We only have one life and one body. Take care of yourself, especially in a mental sense. Buying a lot of clothes isn’t necessarily taking care of yourself. Take care of yourself in the truest sense of taking care of your body and taking care of your head. That’s my second lesson.

The third lesson that I have learned, which is a little bit more lighthearted, is to never open a company with anybody else. I am sure I am never going to have a 50/50 company with anyone else ever. It was a very expensive lesson to learn, but now I’ve learned it so I am passing it on. Don’t open a company with someone else.

I want to go back to the second one, the self-care piece. What are some of the things that you would recommend people do in terms of practicing self-care?

It’s hard to say without knowing the other person because it’s something so personal. If I were to try to give general advice, it wouldn’t apply to anyone. I can share what I do and what works for me. It might be similar to what works for you. It might be different. What works for me is I’m a night owl. I don’t do alarms. I also don’t do morning things. I don’t do 8:00 AM meetings. I don’t do 7:00 AM workouts. I don’t have an alarm which is probably one of the best perks of being your own boss. I can sleep in as much as I need to because more often than not, I’m up working until midnight or 1:00 AM because that’s when I get creative. For me, self-care is allowing myself to sleep as much as I need to and not have an alarm.

GCM 246 | Self Care

Self Care: When you start to mix business and relationships, it’s tough for both parties to have the same outcome. You can either have a thriving business out of it or a flourishing relationship. You need to pick one.

 

Another thing that I do to take care of myself that I feel helps me is to group all the meetings that I have on the same day. For me, having meetings with other people is something that I enjoy immensely because I love talking to other people, but at the same time it burns me out. Perhaps this is the autism spectrum coming out because it’s something that people in the spectrum have in common. Social interaction is emotionally painful in some ways.

I know that if I have a lot of meetings on the same day, I know that on that day, I’m not going to get any work done at all, but that’s okay. That’s my assigned day to just focus on connecting with people. It’s my connection day. I get work done on other days. That is a huge part of my self-care. Similarly, I have a rule that I don’t do meetings on Mondays so I can start my week by doing what I feel like doing which is content creation or research or study new things.

Sometimes, I get lazy. I go out to the beach for a walk because that’s what I want to do. Instead of starting the week rushing and running after everyone else’s priority, I start my week by looking after my priorities. These are just three quick things that I do to take care of myself that other people can copy if they want or completely ignore if they want to wake up at 5:00 AM and work out because that’s self-care to them. It’s a very personal thing.

You mentioned something about the autism spectrum. Could you expand on that a little bit?

I’ll explain it in my own words because I’m not a doctor. A doctor would probably explain it in a different way. In my own words, being on the autism spectrum means that my brain works in a slightly different way than most people. It’s called a spectrum because it’s not something as easily diagnosable like a blood disease where you either have hepatitis or you don’t. You do a blood test and you find out. That’s it. That’s hepatitis.

With autism, it’s more of a color scale where some people have a pale pink type of autism. Other people have a blush pink type of autism and everyone is different. If you meet two people who have autism, they could be similar but they also could be nothing alike. This is especially true if you compare a man or a woman with autism. They’re going to have very little in common.

Because society and the media portray males with autism, everybody associates a certain type of vibe and personality to autism when it has a lot to do with gender. I am not like Sheldon Cooper at all but that’s the stereotypical autistic person in the media. It can look similar to that, but it could also look like nothing like Sheldon Cooper or The Good Doctor.

How has this affected you and your ability to experience success or just being an effective contributing individual in the world? Has it affected you at all?

It has definitely affected me, but in a way that I wasn’t even aware of because I found out about my autism spectrum only later in my midlife. I only found out a few years ago because before, I had no idea. When I find out about this, I was happy to hear this because it made sense. It explained so many things that didn’t have a name for me or didn’t have a rational explanation for me.

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I’ll make a quick example. Growing up in school, teachers and parents would always say the same thing. They would always say, “Giulia is so smart if she put a little bit of effort in.” That’s what everybody said. Everybody was saying, “You’re lazy. That’s why you don’t have good grades. This is not working because you’re lazy.” To find out twenty years later that it wasn’t being lazy, but it was having a brain that works in a different way than most people was very nice to hear. I was like, “Okay. I’m not lazy after all.

In terms of my working career, I would say that it has helped me with the technical part of my job. The fact that my brain works in a different way plays to my advantage when it comes to analyzing problems, solving things and looking at things in a different way than other people would. Because I do digital marketing in my everyday life, this is a useful skill to have. It means that data analysis comes pretty easy to me. Pattern recognition also comes pretty natural to me. At the same time, it has also caused some pretty funny faux pas because sometimes I say things but I don’t realize what they mean.

As an example, one of my clients is a lovely 70 something lady who runs a silver antique business. She does email marketing and social media marketing and gives advice to other people. She is the best student I have ever had, except when we have group calls, I would make comments like, “I am not so old-fashioned,” or I would use idioms that involve age or being old when she’s there. I can see that everyone else is blushing for me. It takes a few seconds for me to realize what I have just said. It’s very hard to recognize the subtext of the word sometimes. I’m very literal and I don’t mean to offend anyone. That’s funnier than anything else but if you don’t know, people are going to get offended. That’s not nice.

It’s just a misunderstanding.

I never got in any serious trouble but it’s a bit of a facepalm moment when I’m like, “I did not mean that.” What do you do? You keep going and smile and play the Italian card. Play the card that English is my second language.

How has being on the autism spectrum affected your self-talk? Have you had to talk your way beyond limitations or maybe perceived limitations because of autism? What are some of the things you’ve had to do to manage yourself around being on the autism spectrum?

Once again, therapy helps to deal with that as well because I have picked up some CBT tips, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy tips that helped me with reprogramming the self-talk. I naturally tend to respond very negatively to criticism. I don’t just take it personally. It destroys me inside. It’s not just taking it personally. I have a hard time accepting it. It takes time and practice. There’s nothing else to say. I’m also lucky that I have many close friends who can relate. A fun fact is that more than a few of my close friends are also on the autism spectrum. In a way, we joke about it. We joke about how we’re all weird in a similar way.

We support each other. We are each other’s biggest cheerleaders and hype people because we need that. We are often our harshest critics. If you know that, then you can work with it. You can say, “I hold myself to a very high standard,” which means that if I am telling myself that whatever it is that I’m doing is not good enough, it probably means that to most people, it’s more than good enough. To me, it’s not because that’s how I roll. To other people it’s more than good enough, so cool it. You are enough. This is enough. It’s okay.

Have you experienced any challenges from society or judgments as a result of them knowing about autism?

The biggest problem with society is the opposite probably. Everybody has a very clear idea of what someone with autism looks like and because I don’t fit that image, it creates cognitive dissonance in their head where they struggle to put the two together. People either struggle to talk to me. They don’t know how to talk to me anymore. As if I turned into a paper cup and they don’t know how to talk to a paper cup or they just don’t believe it and move on.

GCM 246 | Self Care

Self Care: Going to therapy is not a problem. It does not mean that you’re wrong or less worthy. Don’t hesitate to see a therapist right away when something is off inside of you.

 

Autism is an invisible disability. I don’t have a huge mole on my head, which everybody can see. It’s invisible. It’s both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing for me because it means that compared to other people with mental or physical disabilities, I can be invisible and pretend that there is nothing there. It’s a blessing because it’s a privilege. At the same time, it’s a curse for the whole category of people who are struggling with either an invisible or a visible illness.

It creates this fake image that almost everyone is perfect. That’s how everybody should be. As if social media is reality and that’s how people are. That’s also why I enjoy sharing and talking about it because I do believe that talking about it makes it more normal. It makes it more okay to be different and to have something that is not what everyone else has, whether that’s because you were born with an extra finger or because you have autism. It’s hard.

The hardest thing for me is reading articles or stories in the media about people with autism. A lot of times, you find some judgmental articles out there. I don’t know where these people do their research because I’ve read a lot of judgmental pieces on the topic of autism. It’s sad to read them because they’re just trying to label everyone as the same.

Another term that the media often uses, which I find a bit uncomfortable is high functioning or low functioning. I don’t know if you’ve heard this but sometimes some people refer to other people as, “He’s got high functioning autism or low functioning autism.” According to this definition, I would be considered a high-functioning person with autism. The high functioning part comes from the fact that I look normal, I run my own business, I make my own money and I live alone. I’m considered high functioning because I can have a job and pretend to look normal.

This is sad that society judges us based on our ability to look a certain way or to hide in a certain way. It makes me angry to read that because it completely ignores all of the struggles that all of us go through. Whether you have autism or not, we all go through stuff as people. We all struggle with things. To call somebody high functioning just because they have a job or they walk normally is not cool.

What would you change? If you have a magic wand, how would you have people see it?

If I had a magic wand, I would like to tell people to treat people on the spectrum or people with any other physical or mental disability as people. That’s all we all are. We’re all people. Don’t treat someone like they are a disability. That’s what I would tell them.

How do you feel this topic relates to where we are in society regarding social unrest, social divide, and all the things that are going on in the world? How do you feel this fits in that?

This can be applied to anything. We’ve talked about mental disabilities or different abilities. We’ve talked about mental and challenges that go inside one’s individual. We could apply this to anything. We could apply this to race within citizens of the same country. We could apply this to citizenship of people that have the same color of their skin, but then a different passport because somebody drew a line in the sand in a different place.

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This can be applied to a lot of the issues that are going on right now in the world, and there are so many that are going on. Anywhere from child marriages out here in Southeast Asia to what’s going on with Afghanistan, to what’s going on anywhere in the world. Pick a country, everybody has their own problems. If people learn to treat other people as people first, before considering anything else into the equation, we’ll all be a little friendlier with each other.

Not only do I agree, but this is also a wake-up call for that action. We talk about, how do we go forward? One of the things that come up is that we have to change the way we do things. What worked in the past, isn’t working. It requires us to take a hard look at ourselves and face the truth about our own judgments, our unconscious biases, and be open to accepting something different than what we considered normal. That may mean looking at individuals and seeing them as individuals first.

What does that mean to see them as individuals first? We think we do that now but in reality, we don’t. We have to ask our questions, “What does that look like? How do we do that the right way if I am going to see this person as a human being first?” It starts with looking at yourself because we’re all judgmental. We all have unconscious bias. We have to recognize that in ourselves first and deal with it. I love the fact that you talked about getting the therapy and the help that we need because we all need help with that.

I’ll tell you a quick story. I used to date a Latina. I never thought that I was judgmental when it comes to race. I’m black and I’m disabled. I’m the one that’s always being discriminated against. We were out one day at the Union Station in DC. We were looking for wholesale produce for her mom. We went to this distributor/store. It was my first time being there. You can buy pallets of vegetables and all other kinds of stuff at a time. I was like, “This is cool. This is a great business opportunity. You can come here and get this stuff at very reasonable prices.”

I said something that I shouldn’t have said about hiring Mexicans. I didn’t mean it in a derogatory way. It was the way that I’ve heard it said before. Mexicans are very hard workers. It came out and she laid into me about that. That’s wrong. You don’t do that. That’s racist. At first, I wanted to push back but when I thought about it, I was. I didn’t mean it that way but it was a viewpoint that I had. It was a stereotype that I had that I wasn’t seeing the human being first.

I’ve checked myself on that. You know how it feels. If anyone knows how it feels to be viewed in that way, you know that and that’s not cool. That was a lesson for me. It was also an indication of how we can have these perceptions and thoughts that perhaps we even grew up with and we felt were harmless. We walk around with these ideas about another group of people, and they can be very limiting and harmful even. We have to check that.

We have to check that and I think we’ll never stop because just like women couldn’t own a property and vote until 50 or 100 years ago depending on the country. The world is always making progress and going forward. Things that were okay 50 years ago are completely not okay now. The things that are considered okay now will not be okay 10 or 20 years from now because we’re always trying to do better than our parents. We’re always trying to go forward as a society.

It’s very nice of you to humbly recognize your bias in that situation with your date. It takes a lot of courage to do that. A lot of people would rather die than change their minds or recognize that they were wrong. That’s very limiting and that’s also a little stupid. Whenever we are faced with a new situation that we don’t know about, we should all make the effort, rather than assuming to just ask.

Just like how you asked me about the autism spectrum and what it means and what it is, I am only happy to share about that because you asked in such a genuine and natural way. I believe that the same goes for you. If I were to ask about your situation because I’m genuinely curious as opposed to making a judgment based on my own assumptions, then that would be okay because we’re speaking as people. I’m not lumping you up with a category of people in my head and treating all of you, disabled people, the same because that would not be a nice way to relate to other people.

GCM 246 | Self Care

Self Care: Invest in yourself. Whether that means sleeping enough every night or taking yourself out for a coffee in the middle of the day, do it. We only have one life and one body.

 

As we go forward and evolve, this is what it means to be the type of person that is inclusive. It’s very human to ask and to inquire. It’s inhumane to judge. If you want to be a more inclusive human, you’re going to be the type of human that is open to seeing a person as an individual first, then this is what that looks like. We can’t be afraid of the differences that we all have. We have to embrace them. That’s what it means as well. It means that too.

It’s being able to not confront in a bad way but confront with the intent to understand and gain knowledge about the differences or purposes of how we can work with each other. Also, use those experiences to go forward, solve problems, innovate and overcome challenges. Instead of boxing them in like, “Here are limitations and it needs special attention.” Maybe, but not always.

I was speaking with my mentor and we were talking about hiring practices with organizations and how at times there’s a lot of judgment in those interviews. Individuals may not be selected because they have tattoos or have a harsh past or they have a disability. They are judged by those visible things.

I was talking to him and I was like, “If I meet someone who looks like they’ve had a hard life, but they’re in a position where they’re qualified for a job, I may be more interested in that person because they’ve been able to go through that.” I see their scars and the scars tell me they’d been in battle. Just as if I was looking at a general who has the wings. He’s decorated. He has all these things on his uniform indicating the things that he’s accomplished. They don’t give out awards for overcoming life. You don’t get medals for that. You don’t get wings for that but you may have some scars.

You may have something that indicates that you’ve had a rough life and it’s visible to people. I want to know about that. There’s no greater teacher. Life is tough. When you can overcome life and the things that life throws at you, we both know experience is the best teacher. These things that you have learned just by overcoming that could be very valuable to an organization or to a team.

I get it. You can get your degree. You have a lot of books but you may not have that hard-knock life. There’s value in it too. How we view people is important. What are we trying to accomplish when we are dismissing people because of what we don’t understand? We limit ourselves when we do that. We want to understand the individual first and what the individual has to offer and then give them the opportunity to offer it.

If I look at individuals with autism in a certain way and I dismiss it straight out, whether it’s high functioning or low functioning, I’m hurting myself. I miss out on the opportunity to have an individual who’s had this experience in the learnings they got from that to provide value to my team. That’s what I want on my team. I want individuals from different backgrounds, different experiences, and different ways of viewing things.

If an entire team is all Ivy-League individuals, that’s one-dimensional. You’re going to get a one-dimensional analysis toward things because everyone is coming from the same place. You need people from a variety of places with a variety of experiences that are going to look at things in a variety of different ways. That’s when you can put trust into an idea that has been looked at by all these different types of individuals because they’ve turned over every rock. They’re looking at it from many different spectrums. That’s where the value is in my opinion.

The value is also in seeing the difference for the people in the team because there is nothing more motivational to see someone who wasn’t dealt the same cards in life do the same thing that you’re doing. Especially when it comes to sports. I’m watching a bit of the Paralympics. It is crazy to see people that have gone through accidents or overcame illnesses that are running the 100-meter sprints. They are running as fast as I could never run and I have two legs. In a way, it’s nice because when you’re seeing something like that, you think, “What’s my excuse? Why am I not there competing in the Olympics when I have two perfectly good legs and two perfectly good arms? How come I can’t swim to save my life?”

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It’s an interesting concept because the regular Olympics gets a lot more publicity than the Special Olympics. The athletes from the regular Olympics get more publicity than the athletes from the Special Olympics. In my mind, the true warriors and the true Olympians are those individuals in the Special Olympics. They are having to overcome so much more. They may not be as fast or as strong physically as the folks in the regular Olympics, but you talk about the mental, emotional and spiritual prowess needed to compete at an elite level given the circumstance. I don’t think there’s anything else that compares to that.

I am definitely a lot more in awe of the athletes in the Paralympics than the regular Olympics without taking anything away from the regular Olympics. Everyone is outstanding. It’s a different type of emotional response when you look at the Paralympics. It shows you the wonders of the mind. It shows you how we can indeed achieve anything that we want given any circumstances. In the Olympics team, there are people that have missed death by this much and it’s insane. Most of us don’t even know what that’s like. We barely know what it’s like to have a cold. There was a point where I had zero money in my bank account but I still have two arms. It helps to put things in perspective. It shows you on the one hand what’s possible and on the other hand, how much we have to be grateful for.

Giulia, how can people connect with you if they wanted to learn more about you?

I am very easy to find on the internet. They can search for my name which is Giulia Cian Seren. They can go to my website, which is JustPickles.com. I work alone. I don’t have any staff. If you email me, there’s just me so I’m going to see it. Please do reach out.

This has been great having you on the show. Thank you for conversing with me, being with me and sharing your story. Your story is very powerful and inspirational. You are a trendsetter. If there’s anything I would like people to take away from this, it’s there are no limitations other than the ones that we put on ourselves. For those of us that feel like we’re not enough or we have certain things going on in life that may prevent us from being, doing or having what it is that we want to have in life, this is an example of overcoming that mentality and that mindset, and focusing on expressing yourself to the maximum extent. When we can take that on as a way of life, as a goal and as a purpose, that makes you unstoppable. You may even find and surprise yourself at what you can accomplish.

I surprise myself at least once a week.

GCM 246 | Self Care

Self Care: The world is always making progress and things that were okay 50 years ago are not entirely okay today. So we’re always trying to do better and go forward as a society.

 

I like when I see the examples of game-changer mentality or the examples of someone who’s not accepting what society gives and saying, “I’m going to chart my own path. I’m going to create my own way.” That’s the model that we want to follow. If there was one thing that you can give us that would help us continuously bounce back from adversity, dominate our challenges and win in the game of life, what would that be?

My advice is to take care of your body and your mind above anything else. People can steal your car. Your ex can take away your business. I’ve experienced that. Don’t trust them. People can take all your money. You can lose it all. You can lose your house to a fire or a flood, but your body and your mind will always be with you. Get enough sleep, drink enough, see a therapist, and get a personal trainer as well, if you can. Do whatever it takes to keep your body and your mind in top condition. Everything else, you can make it back.

Thank you, Giulia, for stopping by and being a guest on the show. I appreciate you.

Thank you, Rodney. It was an amazing conversation and I hope that your readers keep taking your advice because we could all learn how to be a little bit more human and how to have a better game-changer mentality. Thank you for sharing that.

Thank you.

There you have another successful episode of the show. There was much juice in this one. From learning self-care to what it means to be inclusive and how important it is to take care of yourself. Part of the game-changer mentality is not so much going out there and making things happen, although that is a major part. The foundation of all of that is taking care of yourself, your mind and body. You can’t go out to the battle and fight if you don’t have the right mind or if your body is not in the right condition. That’s important. That’s a fundamental baseline type activity in order for us to be the game-changers that we are. That’s something that we do to keep ourselves sharp and conditioned to play the game.

We have to keep our minds and bodies in good shape. What does that mean? If you need help, that means getting the help that you need and not being shy or insecure about it. If you need help, you need help. There’s a lot of strength in recognizing that you need it and then taking action to do it. That’s very strong when you can take that step and it puts you in a power position. Keeping your body in shape, drinking enough water, getting enough sleep and working out. You got to be strong and in good shape. That’s a matter of fact.

There was a lot of goodness in this episode. I hope that you take it to heart from someone who’s doing it. This is real-life stuff. It’s not textbook. This is straight off the field. This is straight from experience. Take what you learned and apply it. Put it into action every single day and you’ll see those results begin to happen for you. Continue on your journey. Continue on your quest to go out and be game-changers in this world. Remember to change the game. Until next time, peace and love.

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About Giulia Cian Seren

Giulia Cian Seren is an entrepreneur, digital marketer and speaker. After graduating in Diplomacy in 2013 from the University of Trieste (Italy), she started her entrepreneurship journey as a self-employed digital marketing consultant. Being location independent across Europe at first, and Southeast Asia since 2016 helped her expand her horizons and skills. Between 2017 and 2020, she owned and operated 3 restaurants in Singapore – one of the world’s most expensive cities to rent real estate in. All while still working as a digital marketing consultant on the side. Then in February 2020, went back into 100% digital marketing. She specializes in helping traditional businesses grow through the internet. She started her marketing journey in 2011 while she was a member of AIESEC and she now runs her own company, Juicy Pickles.