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What Does 'You Roc' Means

Melvyn Tan
Melvyn Tan
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What Does 'You Roc' Means

In 2013, Kathy Cramer gave a TEDTalk on the topic, Asset-Based Thinking or ‘ABT’.

At the start of her presentation, she invited the participants to respond ‘We Roc! with ABT’ when she said ‘You Roc! with ABT’

So what does ‘Roc’ means?

What is asset-based thinking

Asset-Based Thinking (ABT) means to look at yourself and the world through the eyes of what is working, what strengths are present, and what the potentials are. 

via Mindset Works

One way to understand what ABT is is to think of ‘glass half-filled’ instead of ‘glass half-empty’.

When you use ABT in our conversation with yourselves, your partners, your customers, you conditioned your worldview to see what’s working in any situation. You also look for the strengths in others and yourself. You also seek out possibilities and joint solutions.

But first, let’s back it up a bit.

How do you start making that shift towards ABT?

That’s where ‘Roc’ comes in.

We roc!

‘Roc’ stands for resilience, optimism, and confidence.

Resilience. As a one-person business, being resilient is a pre-requisite. There will be delays, disappointments, and sometimes disasters. Your ability to cope with these events will depend on your level of resilience. As building resilience takes time, you can start building it by focusing on these four components: connections, wellness, healthy thinking, and meaning.

Optimism. Being optimistic does not mean wishful thinking as that could lead you to a series of false positives. Optimism is also the ability to see the good in things when everyone else sees doom. Particularly useful for our situation right now. A crucial distinction between those who are optimist from their pessimistic counterparts is the ability to acknowledge what you can—and cannot—control.

Confidence. Confidence is knowing that in any given situation, you’d always find a way. One way you can maintain or gain self-confidence is by keeping a journal where you document all your accomplishments—big and small. By leveraging your accomplishments can help you build your belief that you are competent and capable.

You roc!

Are you ready to Roc!?

Melvyn Tan

Despite living the good life at midlife, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. My aim here is to reinvent midlife, learn new skills, and understand how the world works post-COVID.