I’m not talking about the money you spend when you start a business. What I’m talking about is the toll on your mental and emotional health. 2 out of 3 entrepreneurs suffer from a mental illness. They are twice as likely to suffer from depression and three times more likely to have a history of substance abuse. Close relatives of entrepreneurs are also twice as likely to have depression, anxiety, ADHD, and substance abuse issues. Wow. Did I jump from the frying pan into the fire? Keep reading to find out.
Should you live to build a great resume or a great life? The idea behind this post came from a TED Talk from 2014 by David Brooks. I mean no offense to Mr. Brooks by what I am about to say. The idea is great, but you can skip listening to the talk itself because he gets it all wrong.
Once upon a time, there was a woman with a dream. She knew the best way to make a dream a reality is turning it into a goal, so she did. Then, she developed a plan for achieving her goal. It seemed like nothing could stop her. She even had a reward plan in mind for when the dream became reality. What she didn’t do was celebrate tiny victories along the way. After months of consistent effort towards her goal, she didn’t feel like she was any closer to it, even though she was. It felt like all the hard work she put in was wasted. She struggled onward for a while longer, but in the end, she gave up on her dream. I tried, she said, but it didn’t work out for me. If only she knew the secret, it could’ve been different.
In the Ted Talk by Alain de Botton, he argues that each one of us must define what success is for ourselves. This is different from the commonly held view in modern society that success is an accumulation of power, prestige, and wealth. Alain also debunks the current notion that a person should be successful in all areas of life all the time. He says that is impossible, you must choose what you will be successful at, and other areas of your life will pay the price. Read on to dive deeper and find out how to apply his “kinder, gentler philosophy of success” to your life.