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SHANE YAN: I AM PASSIONATE

“I want to help people realise their potential”

Author. Coach.

Story of Hope. Dream.



“I don’t know how to introduce myself without my namecard.”

Shane, the younger of a pair of identical twins sister – Shamantha. A psychology major, a coach, an author, happily married and a co-founder of a People Development Consulting company – under her belt before 30 – She seems to have her life all planned out, full of zest and confidence....but it was not the case.


“If (Shane) is joining, please make sure (Shane) is not in the same group as me, it will affect my performance”. An improvisation acting team mate said to her just before the commencement of the finale of the Beijing Improv Festival. Already stressed by having jumped into unfamiliar grounds to challenge herself, this statement made her question her worth, her tenacity and capability. Her self-esteem plummeted and it contributed to her eventual burnout.


She continued to mentor/coach despite her condition. At the first meeting with one of her mentees, the mentee who had just started her own company admitted she struggled to introduce herself without a printed namecard. “I don’t know how to introduce myself without my namecard.”


What expectations do we have of ourselves? To what extent should we let society define that for us? How do we want to identify ourselves?

When we retire, will we still be defined by what others say about us or what was written on the small card?


Today, Shane together with her sister, founded the Growthbeans Coaching Circle in Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore - a safe and non judgmental community to connect people, to increase self awareness, develop personally and help them be the person they want to be.

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