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Feedback essay

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Feedback essay

This feedback essay is written regarding the essay STRONG BACK. SOFT FRONT. WILD HEART. written by Seungyeon Shin.

The name of the essay was appealing to me and it made my wonder what is the essay about. Subject was interesting and got my attention. The essay has been written regarding the book Braving the Wilderness – The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown. The author is not familiar to me, so I was eager to see what the book is about. Soonie opened up the basics of the book in this essay and it got me interested to read the book as well. I also gained interest towards the podcast mentioned in the writing called “Unlocking Us”. It sounded like a podcast to listen if you have any doubts regarding yourself or the challenges in front of you. The name of the essay refers to a Buddhist way of thinking , which I have no previous experience of.

There is a quotation from Joan Halifax:

“ All too often our so-called strength comes from fear, not love; instead of having a strong back, many of us have a defended front shielding a weak spine. In other words, we walk around brittle and defensive, trying to conceal our lack of confidence.” – Roshi Joan Halifax”


The quot reminded me about a Finnish book called “TUNNE LUKKOSI” by Kimmo Takanen , where it was referred that people act the way we have been learning to defend ourselves and survive since young age. When we get into a situation that our body or mind gets offended we act by our natural instincts, that we have learned in our childhood. I enjoyed the way Soonie brought out her own experiences during Proakatemia, it is very brave to share your own exposures. During the essay continues it is clear that you have been in a path of discovering yourself and your weaknesses and strengths.I enjoyed the sentence “ courage over comfort.” It is a good reminder for every day to get out of your comfort zone in order to great something brilliant. During your journey in a new country and culture, it was clear that you have enjoyed the ride. Brave and honest feelings.


In the text there was great advices of not letting mistakes take you down but instead learn from them and stand even toller. In our human nature we often feel like we don’t want others to see our weaknesses, but in reality those who show them are the real soldiers. I got inspired by Soonies motto “ Strong back. Soft front. Wild heart.” and started to think what could be mine. It is clear you have found out the entrepreneurial mindset we all look for during these studies. It is a hell of a lot work, but in the end the hard work pays off. It is a hard generation to grow up with all the new technology and probably it has created this environment of people to judge and compare each other much more than it used to be. Even tough me and the writer have only 10 year gap in our age, in my child hood we had magazines and television shows that gave us inspiration. Now days internet is full of influencers that are beautiful , rich and everything we can be jealous of. In the end there will be always someone who is more pretty, cleaver or rich than us, but they will never be you. Good food for thoughts in this essay. Really enjoyed it. Can’t wait to see all the wilderness Soonie will come up with.



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Strong Back. Soft Front. Wild Heart.

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