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Episode 100: Scott Schimmel on Identity Formation—Breaking the Mold


In this conversation, Scott Schimmel discusses the concept of breaking the mold and finding one's true identity. He reflects on the roles and labels that people assign to us and the impact they can have on our growth. Scott emphasizes the importance of reexamining the scripts we've been given and having the courage to break out of the characters we've been playing. He encourages both individuals and communities to create opportunities for self-reflection and to allow others to express their true selves. Ultimately, Scott reminds us that we have the power to write our own stories.


  • Roles and labels can limit our growth and prevent us from expressing our true selves.
  • Breaking the mold requires self-reflection and the courage to step out of our assigned roles.
  • Communities and individuals should create opportunities for others to reintroduce themselves and express their true identities.
  • Discovering our true identity is an ongoing process of self-discovery and growth.

Do you know?

For years we’ve been studying what a young person needs in order to transition into a healthy, thriving adulthood.  

They're uncommon sense ideas, really.

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