What Is A Sensitive Striver and 9 Signs You Are One

What Is A Sensitive Striver and Signs You Are One

How Being a Sensitive Striver Can Be a Strength

Thinking and feeling deeply isn’t a defect. You see, your sensitive qualities, when channeled productively, can be your career superpowers. The research proves it: managers consistently rate people with higher sensitivity as their top contributors. That’s because Sensitive Strivers are thoughtful, conscientious, empathetic, and dedicated – all of which make them ideal employees and leaders.

Kelly, the client whose story you read about earlier, reflected on the patterns she needed to change during her time off. She realized her actions—from people-pleasing to negative self-talk—were preventing her from pursuing opportunities that better fit her true nature and financial goals.

Through our work together she came to understand (and protect) her sensitivity, leverage it as a strength, and channel her ambition in healthier ways. She put into practice the same tools you’ll discover in my book, Trust Yourself: Stop Overthinking and Channel Your Emotions for Success at Work.

Related: How To Thrive As A Highly Sensitive Person

Kelly put into practice many tools from the book include quieting her inner dialogue, regulating her emotions, and learning how to speak up and push back against her challenging colleagues. Within a few months of returning to work, she received a promotion, was honored as a top manager at the company, and is now entertaining several new job offers from recruiters.

As Kelly’s story shows, once you better understand how your built-in sensitivities shape the way you see yourself and approach your career, you can channel your qualities as strengths and not self-sabotage. Instead of feeling ordered around by your insecurities, worries, or your own unrealistically high expectations of yourself, you can feel in control of your own life and reclaim what success means to you.

Get My Book: Trust Yourself

“Groundbreaking and insightful, TRUST YOURSELF is essential reading for every sensitive, introverted professional. Wilding does a brilliant job of giving you tools to regain your confidence and become your most empowered self.” ––Susan Cain, author of Quiet and creator of Quiet Revolution

Trust Yourself offers a neuroscience-based blueprint based on decades of research and client work to help you break free from stress, self-doubt, and perfectionism so you can regain your confidence at work and reclaim control of your life.

In Trust Yourself, discover how to:

  • Achieve confidence and overcome imposter syndrome
  • Find your voice to speak and act with assertiveness
  • Build resilience and bounce back from setbacks
  • Enjoy your success without sacrificing your well-being

If you’re an empathetic, driven person trying to navigate your career and learn how to believe in yourself in the process, Trust Yourself offers the mindset and tools to set you on the path to personal and professional fulfillment.

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Melody Wilding, LMSW

Melody Wilding is the author of Trust Yourself: Stop Overthinking and Channel Your Emotions for Success at Work. Recently named one of Business Insider’s Most Innovative Coaches for her groundbreaking work on “Sensitive Strivers”, her clients include CEOs, C-level executives, and managers at top Fortune 500 companies such as Google, Amazon, and JP Morgan, among others. Melody has been featured in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal and is a contributor to Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Psychology Today, and Forbes. Melody is a licensed social worker with a Master's from Columbia University and a professor of Human Behavior at Hunter College. Learn more at melodywilding.comView Author posts