Overcoming challenges, setbacks, and fear of failure with Ben Williams
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How centering your values and empathy drives success.
We’ve all been overwhelmed by self doubt at times. You get caught in the trap of comparison, assume everyone else knows what they’re doing, and worry you’ll be “found out.” It’s a debilitating downward spiral.
To compensate, growth leaders often focus on what’s familiar: tooling, tactics, and quick wins - in an effort to have a big impact and prove your worth. It makes sense, your technical skills are what helped you get here. But at this next level, it’s your leadership skills that determine your success.
But what if you could find your footing (and your confidence) organically by grounding your decisions in your values, practicing empathy, and looking at things from a different perspective? I chatted with Ben Williams to get his take.
Ben's a growth veteran with lots of experience in the startup scene. He’s a passionate leader who wasn't afraid to talk about the real-life challenges, from career setbacks to finding work-life balance.
He shared insights from his journey and advice that you don’t hear every day:
Why he prefers organic convos to rigid interviews
The reframing trick that flips your mindset from fear to opportunity
Using authenticity, empathy, and consistency to give (& receive) feedback
How realizing that you don’t need all the answers makes the job way more fun
The role caring deeply plays in fueling motivation and driving performance.
Things to Listen for:
[00:14] Introducing Ben Williams and his background
[04:10] Ben’s journey in growth and the bumps along the way
[09:40] How his experience in the space influences his interviewing methods
[12:01] His career “detour”
[16:03] On the fear of failure and the characteristics that contribute to one’s success
[25:14] Advice for people feeling uneasy in a new role
[29:54] On being a leader for people who are struggling with impostor syndrome or fear of failure
[34:34] On feedback
[44:32] How your values can influence your motivation and success
[45:57] On realizing that you don’t need to have all the answers to deserve success
[51:13] Connect with Ben