Roughly translated, the Finnish word *sisu* means resilience, courage, fortitude. While *hygge* invites us to linger by the fireplace under a blanket, protected from the driving snow, *sisu* demands that we strip off our clothes and propel, naked, into the snowbank. And right now, there's something about that flavor of grit and determination that just seems more appropriate than cocoa and candles, yes?
Recently a coaching client of mine was having a hard time deciding whether to keep her job — a low-paying, low-opportunity position in her dream industry — or leave it all behind and try to launch a career as a screenwriter. Well into her 30s, with financial obligations that were making her minuscule paychecks unsustainable — but the idea of chucking it all and starting from scratch even scarier — she worried that she was running out of choices and time to turn her dream into a career. As we talked, I pointed out that her natural work ethic and eagerness to please makes her an ideal employee — and that can be both a blessing and a curse. She’d…