What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid

A candid, In-depth discussion with Michal Oshman, who despite being consumed by anxiety and fears, has held leadership positions at major corporations including Facebook and TikTok.

Michal Oshman - What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid Article

Pressure. Unrelenting Pressure.

We all feel it from time to time.

Whether it’s from work, family or the voice inside our head, it can feel overwhelming.

Michal Oshman knows all about it. As an executive for some of the most successful companies in the world (Facebook, TikTok) she looked like she had it all. An incredible education, a beautiful family, good health and a blossoming career. But deep within, she held crippling fear and anxiety.

Michal tried therapy to address some traumatic events she experienced as a child, especially hearing her grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, who frequently woke up screaming in terror in the middle of the night. But for some reason it just wasn’t working, until a chance Google word search involving depression and Judaism opened her up to a whole new world, filled with hope and compassion.

She learned to remove herself emotionally from her negative thoughts and replace them with positivity. It took tremendous inner work, but the results were astonishing.

In today’s episode of Beyond Belief, we speak with Head of Culture at TikTok EMEA and noted author of the new book, What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid: Discover a Life FIlled With Purpose and Joy Through the Secrets of Jewish Wisdom, Michal Oshman, as she breaks down her journey from anxious and fearful young woman to inspirational, global thought leader who utilized ancient Jewish wisdom to inject meaning and purpose into every moment of her life.

Watch now and learn:

  • The tremendous possibilities and pitfalls of social media

  • How couples with serious differences can stay together and thrive

  • Shabbat’s power to provide much needed balance

  • How parents can teach their children to build themselves up from within

  • Jealousy and Social Media

  • How to combat fear and anxiety

If you’ve been feeling stressed or anxious (and who hasn’t these days?!), you’ll want to watch this episode now.

Once you’ve watched the video, let Michal and the team at Aish know your thoughts!

Which part of the interview resonated with you the most?

Have you overcome your stress or anxiety?

Any advice for those who are looking for meaning?

Any topics or speakers you’d like us to cover?

Let us know in the comments below!

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Comments (1)

(1) Hervé Kouam, June 28, 2021 12:19 AM

Shalom! I was really blessed with all the points discussed, because I kind of had some her issues too, and in my environment where Judaism or Jews is/are like a myth, blending back at school or at work wasn't a cup of tea. It is really difficult to keep your identity in my community where there are lots of trends, and spirituality is almost taboo. You feel too different to keep up. I enjoyed also when you guys talked about jealousy. I fell on this Christian group, one I had never seen like them before, with so much spirituality, responsibility and charity. They promote the importance of dreams and accomplishing purpose. And in my society it is like a miracle. When seeing their dedication to all of these, I felt very jealous, and I thank Hashem for guidance and wisdom, for it helped me overcome my fustration. Once more I say it, I was really blessed from your exchange, and all of the wisdom. It really feed my soul.


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