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Episode 22 - How growing up not feeling good enough fuelled the ultimate transformation with Fabienne Vailes

Struggles around self-worth and not feeling good enough can impact any of us at any point in life. How do we overcome these and bounce back, especially when these have been a challenge throughout our childhood and academic life? This mum shares her moving experience of facing these childhood challenges which led to full blown imposter syndrome and needing external validation in later life and the inspirational story of how overcoming these struggles became her rocket fuel for personal transformation and her big mission to change our education system.

What we cover

  •  Growing up in the shadow of her sister
  • How being compared to her sister gave Fabienne a distorted vision of herself and made her lack in self worth
  • How being told by teachers that she was average and that she'd amount to nothing gave her the ability to do
  • How leaving her home country to come to the UK gave Fabienne new opportunities
  • When she finally realised that she doesn't need validation from others

Mentioned in the episode - Fabienne's books

The Flourishing Student: Every tutors guide to promoting mental health, well-being and resilience in Higher Education

How to Grow a Grown up : Prepare your teen for the real world

More about Fabienne

Fabienne Vailes is a UK expert on emotional and mental well-being within the education sector. French Language Director at the University of Bristol and Senior Fellow of HEA, with over 20 years’ experience in the sector, Fabienne is on a mission to change the face of education – embedding well-being into the curriculum to create an environment where both students and staff flourish and develop the mental agility and resilience to succeed both academically and in the workplace.

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Connect with Fabienn on Linkedin

Flourishing Education podcast on Spotify

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FREE Bounce Back resources

Check out these free bounce back resources created by experts from within the Mpower community.  All resources have been  generously donated free of charge -  masterclasses and mini-courses to help you, your family and your business at a time when we could all do with an extra bit of help.

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