Episode 75
Brand Story Podcast

Self-Doubt to Self-Acceptance

featuring Lan Phan

Founder & CEO of community of SEVEN, Author, Speaker

Lan Phan, Founder & CEO of community of SEVEN, Author, Speaker, shares her inspiring career journey and how to navigate your own personal growth with our president, Steve Gilman.

Lan’s story is one of resilience. From moving to the U.S. with her family and working in a nail salon to attending Stanford and climbing the corporate ladder, she learned how to push through the self-doubt and rewrite her story. How? With a little bit of inspiration, a shift in priorities, and a new way of thinking.

Everyone experiences moments of self-doubt, but it’s how you overcome them that helps create the person you want to be. In this episode, Lan shares the lessons she learned and the daily habits she implemented to help create a more meaningful life for herself. The episode touches on the importance of prioritizing our mental and physical well-being, and how to cultivate a positive mindset through consistent, daily habits.

About the Guest

Lan Phan

Founder & CEO of community of SEVEN, Author, Speaker

Lan is an author and speaker known for her expertise in purpose, mindset, and continuous improvement. She’s a sought-after consultant for Fortune 500 companies, where she advises CEOs and C-Suite executives on how to navigate the dynamic realms of business and innovation. Her thought leadership can be found in prestigious publications like The Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Money, and her new book, Do This Daily, shares how you can find success, happiness, and purpose in work and life.

As a keynote speaker, Lan has graced prominent platforms including the United Nations, Stanford University, NYU Law, and events hosted by Fortune 100 companies like PepsiCo, Warner Media, Citi, Bank of America, Disney, and Meta. She has been named one of the top 100 LinkedIn creators globally and the top ten in Management and Leadership with her content reaching millions annually.

Quickfire Q&A

What do you say to people that are trying to make the journey from self-doubt to self-acceptance?

Lan:  The negativity bias we have, the self-doubt, the imposter syndrome, the inner critic – they’re all there to protect you. Negative emotions aren’t necessarily bad because sometimes jealousy or fear can actually motivate you. But negative emotions are like a tunnel. You’re meant to go through them, you’re not meant to live in them. You’re meant to go towards the light and the problem.

What would you name this chapter of your life right now?

Lan: I’ve been dividing my life into four chapters. This third quarter where I’m at is about finding meaning. Why was I put on this earth? Who do I love? Who loves me?

If you could give your younger self any advice what would it be?

Lan: Bet on yourself. I didn’t bet on myself for so long, and because of that, I stayed small.

About The Host

Steve Gilman

As the President of Gravity Group, Steve is passionate about helping brands reach their goals through honest, creative marketing and powerful brand stories.