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Surviving “Survivor’s Guilt” with Jessica Rasdall

March 29, 2023

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Surviving “Survivor’s Guilt” with Jessica Rasdall

When Jessica was a freshman in college, she made a life-altering decision that resulted in the death of her best friend. In an effort to raise awareness, cope with her survivor’s guilt, and keep her friend’s memory alive, she began sharing her story. Jessica spoke to over 15,000 young adults across the country before she was sentenced to prison.

In this episode, Jessica graciously shares her story with us: the moment she realized her best friend was no-longer alive, and ultimately figuring out how to put her life back together while honoring the memory of her friend.


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Topics covered in this episode:

  • The stages of grief she experienced


  • The immense survivor’s guilt she carried, and her efforts to manage her mental and emotional health


  • How she gathered the courage to share her story publicly and why she started speaking to youth


  • How she navigated wide-scale public judgement and criticism


  • Perspective into the harm our judgments and quick assumptions do to others


  • How she managed to keep her difficult situation in perspective and focus on hope for the future


  • A glimpse into her faith journey after the accident


  • How Jessica has been able to use her public speaking experience to coach business owners in sharing their own stories



Jessica’s clients are transforming what they once considered limitations into some of their greatest business assets!

This is a real and raw conversation of the darkness Jessica endured while struggling with survivor’s guilt, and the courageous actions she took to find the light! ✨

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Jessica’s Bio:

Named one of the top small business experts to watch in 2018 and the founder of one of the top websites for solopreneurs in 2020, Jessica Rasdall is helping small business owners scale their impact and income through tried-and-tested communication strategies.

As a Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker, host of The Speak to Scale Podcast, Jessica partners with small business owners to help them scale their business (and impact) from the stage.

Jessica has shared her story of turning her “mess into a message” for over sixteen years and has been featured on major international media outlets such as ABC's 20/20, Katie Couric, The Guardian, MTV, Netflix, and many more.

Today, Jessica is fiercely dedicated to helping small business owners craft presentations and speaking strategies that connect with their audience and scale their business from the stage.

When she’s not handcrafting presentations for industry experts, she’s homeschooling her children in sunny Florida.


Links and References:

Book: Shattered

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Stephanie Jacobs | Storyteller & Advocate for Social Justice
Surviving “Survivor’s Guilt” with Jessica Rasdall
Surviving “Survivor’s Guilt” with Jessica Rasdall

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