5Stretch: Go to Your Outer Limits!

“Growth and comfort do not coexist.”

Virginia Rometty, CEO, IBM

Jan-Jan Lam left her native Taipei, Taiwan, to begin graduate study at the University of South Carolina. When she boarded the plane, she said good-bye to family, friends, a familiar culture, and a predictable and happy life. When she stepped off the plane, she faced the prospect of strangers, a foreign language, limited financial resources, and culture shock. The move pushed Jan-Jan suddenly and dramatically out of her comfort zone. Why did she do it? In Jan-Jan’s case, she wanted to improve her family’s quality of life. Day by day, she diligently applied herself. Eventually, the days turned into years. Then one day she donned a cap and gown and ...

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