Have you ever heard a sentence come out of your mouth and thought, “I sound exactly like my mother”? 

It happens to all of us eventually – and is it any wonder, given all of the research behind the Social Proximity Effect? 

You can’t underestimate the impact that your top five – the five people you spend the most time with – have on your life and the person you become. 

For Linda Weston, founder of consulting practice Rapporto, those five people include her parents, her daughter, and her closest friends, and she credits those relationships with creating the person she is. 

After more than 30 years of experience across senior leadership, tourism, professional sports, and entrepreneurship, Linda has learned a few valuable lessons about two interrelated things: 

  1. The importance of finding your people, and… 
  2. How those people can help you navigate the challenges of burnout. 

These days, Linda credits her parents, daughter, and friends with giving her the traits that have carried her through each time she got a little too close to burnout. 

That, and short walks. Seriously – that’s where the mental health magic is. 

She and the team at Rapporto help organizations to improve their governance, strategy, and fundraising, paving a future-proof path into the future.  

In this episode of the She Burns podcast, Linda talks all about the life lessons and role models that shaped her and how she balances a fierce work ethic with her most important relationships. 

So what’s this episode really about?

  • How to create others’ expectations and set boundaries through your actions 
  • The one thing that sets good networkers and communicators apart 
  • The value of small rituals in relationships
  • How giving back can become fuel in the form of volunteer work 
  • Pushing through the boundaries of fear that restrict our opportunities

Why you should listen

Whether you’re a parent, a workaholic, a passionate volunteer, or a combination of all three, you’ll relate to Linda Weston. Linda has taken on all of these roles and found a way to “do it all” – a way to pursue the things that ignite her passion without pushing herself over the edge. 



She Shatters

You can quote me on that… 

“A lot of people aren’t raised [to understand] what a boundary is [and] how to set them, versus actually having the tools in your tool belt.” – Hannah Austin

“I took time off work, but I would just stay at home and do a staycation. People were calling me at home, they were still wanting me to do stuff – so it dawned on me that what I really needed to do was to be totally gone.” – Linda Weston 

“I created that set of expectations by my own behavior, so I was the one who had to change.” – Linda Weston

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