668: Feeling Whole and Complete With Jannelle So

Jannelle So is a Filipino-American media pioneer, making a name for herself as the creator, and original host and producer of Feeling Whole and Complete With Jannelle SoAmerica’s first and only daily show for and about the Filipinos, “Kababayan TODAY” on KSCI-TV LA18. The show that ran for 9 years under Jannelle’s leadership, is also the longest-running Filipino daily talk show outside of the Philippines.  She also produces and hosts her own magazine show called “SO Jannelle” where she addresses issues, feature events and highlights a variety of aspects of the Filipino lifestyle in North America, from fashion to politics to sports to community affairs.  In addition to TV, Jannelle also maintained a weekly lifestyle column and a separate weekly sports column in The Philippine Star, a national paper in the Philippines. Currently, Jannelle also writes a weekly column in Balita, one of the leading Filipino American newspapers.

Jannelle used to compare herself to others and based her self worth on her career accomplishments.  She shares what made her feel whole and complete on the inside and realized that she was more than enough.

Bio

Jannelle So is a Filipino-American media pioneer.

Cultural Background

Jannelle is of Chinese and Filipina descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

True confidence has no reason for jealousy and envy. When you know you are great, you have no reason to hate.

True confidence has no reason for jealousy and envy. When you know you are great, you have no reason to hate.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self confidence is when you are able to recognize your skills/abilities and shortcomings, and allowing yourself to be proud of the former and forgiving of the latter. You get to this point when you take the time to periodically examine your journey in life and giving yourself a pat in the back for not being where you used to be, even if you have not reached where you want to be.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Jannelle has always wanted to be a mother but it took her a while to find the husband God had intended for her.  She made the mistake of placing too much of her self-worth on what she did career wise and on what she accomplished.  She fell into the pitfalls of comparing herself with others, which got her either very impatient about where she was and where she needed to be; or very lax about where she was in terms of her journey, gloating that she was “better than this person, or that person” and that she did not need to try any harder.

When she compared herself with people whom she thought were doing better than her, she just got sad depressed, anxious. When she compared herself with people whom she deemed where “less than me” for lack of a better term, she just gloated, which is also NOT a good thing.

The “AHA” Moment

Jannelle’s AHA moment was when she became a mother because she realized she was more than enough.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Jannelle felt whole, complete and great!  Now she can look at other people’s accomplishments and be happy for them; or look at other people’s misgivings and not judge them because each one of us is great in his/her own way. You just have to take the time to tap into that.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

First of all, pause right now and give yourself a pat in the back. YOU ARE ENOUGH. YOU HAVE COME A LONG WAY AND YOU ARE WHERE YOU NEED TO BE, AT THIS MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE. 

Never compare your insides to other people’s outsides! Actually, never compare yourself to others. Period.

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