Overcoming Adversity and the Transformational Power of Sisu with Emilia Lahti – TSC Podcast #109

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Emilia Lahti

Emilia Lahti (MSc, MAPP) is a researcher and social activist, whose life mission is to simply be a catalyst for human connection, compassion and non-violence. She has given talks at Stanford, UC Berkeley and TEDx, as well as at Singularity University at NASA Ames, where she studied futurism and exponential technology. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, Business Insider and Forbes, among others. In her current PhD, Emilia is exploring the Finnish construct of sisu, denoting endurance in in the face of extreme adversity.

Emilia is an avid human rights advocate and is currently training to run 2400 km solo across the length of New Zealand to break the silence around interpersonal violence and highlight the strength of overcomers of abuse.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • What is Sisu?
  • Getting over a traumatic relationship
  • Post-traumatic growth
  • Positive Psychology
  • Grit by Angela Duckworth
  • Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff
  • Emilia’s run (1,500 miles across the length of New Zealand)
  • Mark Allen’s training method
  • Emilia’s swim training
  • Stopping the mental chatter
  • Listening to music while swimming
  • Small actions lead to big changes
  • “Honor yourself” mantra

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