645: Fail Forward With Karen Lin

Karen Lin is life coach who help women in STEM get promoted and the founder of The Lin Life.  “The Lin Life Universe” provides Fail Forward With Karen Lindaily Inspiration and motivation for change makers who want to make a difference in the world.  Karen Lin also has an engineering background who has lived and worked in downtown Los Angeles for over a decade. This urban influence can be seen in her coaching perspective and her desire to help people create powerful connections to the world within and around them. Karen works primarily with teams who want to be more effective in their work, approach their relationships with confidence, trade busyness for fulfillment and make valuable contributions to the community around them.

Karen shares how failing forward has helped her build her confidence to be the woman that she is today.  She also her tips that can help you in your own journey to self confidence.


Karen Lin is life coach who help women in STEM get promoted.

Cultural Background

Karen is of Taiwanese descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

I am more than enough.

I am more than enough.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self confidence is being self assured.  Knowing you have your own back no matter what happens.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Karen used to be so consumed by her struggle with unattainable perfection.  She called it the pursuit of suffering. One of the tools used during her childhood was the comparison game. There’s always somebody doing better. It implied without achieving enough you won’t be enough.  She hopes parenting methods are more evolved these days but we’re all doing the best we can. It’s a journey and she is still on it.

The “AHA” Moment

Karen had her earliest one when she was a child.  She realized that there is no one like her.  She also stood out like a sore thumb being the only Asian kid so fitting in was not an option.

She had another one after becoming a coach. Karen has been passionate about modelling the journey to inspire her tribe to join her. Ambitious, soul led, heart filled women.  She get to hear so many stories.  She didn’t even realize that her fear of failure was keeping her small.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

For Karen, it’s been a brilliant series of failures. Failing her way forward and how it has increased her self-confidence. Speaking up and saying the hard things has been huge.  She also has her own business, a flash briefing and micro-podcast. That’s a lot of talking for an introvert.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

Never take anything personally. Anything that anyone has to say to about you is a projection of where they are not you, a reflection of something within. Women tend to think it must be me.

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