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The Adverse Effect

Jun 8, 2021

We need to do things that are uncomfortable or you will never grow.”

  • - Alienor Salmon, Former UN researcher, Dance Ambassador, Author


The Conversation: Learning to Flow With Life


For most of us, a “comfort zone” might be speaking on stage or doing a Zoom call on a bad hair day….but what about leaving a high-profile job to go dancing around the world in a country you’ve never been to?


Alienor Salmon knew what she wanted to be when she grew up. She was going to work with the UN.


She did everything right: graduate college, spoke multiple languages, and completed the difficult application process.


But after a few years of working, she started to realize that she had gotten stuck. She stopped chasing what she wanted in life. 


So, she did something bold.


She quit her job and followed her three passions, Latin America and dance...and found her new calling.


Tune in to learn where Alienor’s  jump into the unknown took her and how it can guide you to upgrading your comfort zone into a trophy zone.



  • The importance of learning to navigate different cultures
  • The keys to learning difficult subjects
  • Chasing a big opportunity...when it’s not your dream
  • Stepping forward when you’re scared 
  • Why diving into your passion when you’re afraid to learn 
  • Expanding your mind with 1 simple question
  • How to turn a big dream into a reality
  • Finding safety when you make a big change
  • The power of dance


Takeways of the Conversation

Communication is a dance Communicating effectively is about adapting to who you are talking to


Learning is a dance Like a dance, learning is about learning the fundamentals and stepping into the unknown

Your life is a dance  Take time to enjoy it!


The Homework: Expanding Your Time Zone


Want to know what you’re really about in 2 minutes or less? Imagine you have $1,000,000,000 in your bank account right now.


Write down the top three things you do.


Take a minute to review those things. Feel free to ask yourself these three questions:

  1. What do these 3 things say about the priorities in my life?
  2. Am I proud or ashamed of those 3 things?
  3. Why am I not pursuing one of those things now?


If you feel comfortable, share your victory on social media with the hashtag: #changeismynarrative



About Our Guest


Alienor Salmon is a former UN educational researcher who has worked in Mongolia and Thailand and other places pursuing research in policy, education, and research. She left her position at UNESCO to travel to Latin America and ended up pursuing her passion of dancing to become a dance ambassador. She is author of “Finding Rhythm: An International Dance Journey”


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