top of page
  • Writer's pictureShannon Lantzy

Writing Muscles

I recently participated in a 2.5-day workshop for entrepreneurs. The room was filled with ~20 individually successful business owners. Throughout the sessions, my fellow participants filled the room with creative energy, endearing vulnerabilities, intellectual challenges, and laughter. I had a great time.

Our leader and facilitator, the venerable Alan Weiss, did a fantastic job imparting wisdom from his long career in consulting. The biggest piece of personal advice I took away was this: common traits of people who make a big impact are confidence, vulnerability, and resilience.

  • Confidence.

  • Vulnerability.

  • Resilience.

We rated ourselves on a scale of one to five on each trait. The room average was about ten. I gave myself threes for confidence and vulnerability, and a five for resilience. I'm an eleven! Better than average? I certainly think so! (See, that's confidence.)

Upon reflection, I realize that if I am very honest with myself, my confidence fluctuates often and I have a long way to go with vulnerability. (Who knows what I would have rated myself if I was truly willing to be vulnerable?) Regardless of scoring methods, I love self-improvement and learning, so I have officially placed the task of increasing these traits on my to-do list.

But how? Another piece of advice from Alan: write and publish. Writing requires practice. It's like exercise; you have to lift heavy things to be able to lift heavier things. You have to write a lot to be a good writer. (Another Alanism: "Writer's block is a myth.")

What could be more confidence- and vulnerability-inducing than a very personal website and a solo consulting practice?

Thus, here I am.

~Shannon, the Optimistic Optimizer


Recent Posts

See All

Accelerating AI adoption requires RegTech Innovation

To achieve the promise but avoid the perils of the healthcare AI revolution, we need to accelerate RegTech innovation As technology advances in medicine, so too must regulatory processes and tools. AI

Adapt threat modeling for AI safety

Threat modeling could be adapted into a process for developing medical AI with safety-by-design Medical AI developers need to create products that are safe by design, and regulators need to review the


bottom of page