When you hear Melainie Rogers’ story, it’s not surprising she had the courage to call out Weight Watchers on their recent – and highly controversial – marketing strategy: Oprah’s favorite diet-empire announced it was offering free memberships to teens for the summer. This move that was met with understandable outrage from the eating disorder recovery community, as nearly 100 percent of eating disorders begins with a diet; teenage years are accompanied by natural pubescent weight-gain; and heck, confidence as a teen is difficult enough without feeling pressured to shrink (READ MORE).
By now you’ve probably heard the recording of Captain Tammie Jo Shults as she calmly explained to air traffic controllers that she would need to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia, after the left engine of the plane she was flying from New York to Dallas exploded.
Behind her in the cabin, 144 passengers wept, prayed and screamed, certain they were going to die. (READ MORE).
Solome Tibebu’s journey to becoming a leader in healthcare innovation, award-winning social entrepreneur, and advocate for mental health and diversity began with a blog: while still in high school, Tibebu experienced severe panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Through various therapists, medications, and psychoeducation, she finally learned how to best manage her symptoms. She was, however, dismayed by the lack of online resources or community for youth going through something similar – which ultimately left her feeling isolated and misunderstood. So she decided to do something to change that, starting Anxiety In Teens and equipping young adults worldwide with tools and community to advance emotional wellness (READ MORE).
As a therapist, I’m continually struck by how alone people feel in their experience. Whether healing a broken heart, recovering from an eating disorder or addiction, or optimizing their mental health in the face of anxiety or depression, my clients experience additional shame and isolation while under the impression they’ve somehow “failed” at being a human. So, you can imagine how excited I was to learn about Campfire: a merging of various support groups and technology that offers a space to connect and grow with others going through something similar (READ MORE).
I recently wrote an article highlighting the reasons why mental health is particularly challenging for entrepreneurs – social isolation, predisposition, uncertainty, and impression management being just a few of them. As a therapist and executive coach whose mental health hasn’t always been optimal (we’re talking years of depression, anxiety, and eating disorders), much of my work is dedicated to researching entrepreneurial resilience. Whether I’m interviewing founders for The Failure Factor or coaching them in my practice, I’m constantly exploring entrepreneurial mental health.
Every human differs in their specific needs; in my informal research, however, I’ve identified seven strategies for optimizing psychological well-being in entrepreneurs (READ MORE):
Over the past few years, much of my work has been dedicated to hearing entrepreneurs’ stories of struggle and perseverance. Whether I’m interviewing them for The Failure Factor or coaching them to optimize their mental health, I’m constantly in the midst of an informal qualitative research project exploring entrepreneurial resilience.
My curiosity around entrepreneurs’ mental health was, unsurprisingly, influenced by my personal history. A decade-plus battle with perfectionism-fueled eating disorders, depression and anxiety led me to pursue a masters in psychology and a career as as therapist. Uncomfortable with relying on others or acknowledging my limitations, I took matters into my own hands and decided to “figure myself out” (fifteen years later, I’m still in the process…). But I realized many of the characteristics that caused my suffering came from the same roots as the characteristics that caused my entrepreneurial strengths (more on this later) (READ MORE)
Simon “Thor” Damborg is a former competitive CrossFit athlete, small business consultant, and the owner of Raincity Athletics and the Functional Fitness League in Vancouver, Canada. In this episode, which isn’t your typical TFF conversation, Simon opens up about the challenges of building his businesses, dating in a culture of toxic masculinity, his “privileged guilt,” the pain, isolation and shame of creating a “macho” personal brand, and how to make room for failure as an entrepreneur.
It’s a long one but it’s worth it! Learn how trauma, perfectionism, and diet culture are at the root of anxiety, depression, disordered eating, and under-confidence – and how to free yourself from those shackles <3.
Amy Briant met her current cofounder, Lisa DeLarco Bonoff, on a flight from Palm Beach to New York City. They bonded over yoga and a mutual thirst for entrepreneurship, ultimately creating their proprietary ingredient-boasting skincare line, LUMION. A year and a half after launch, I interview them for The Failure Factor in Bonoff’s Flatiron apartment – and Briant shares her story of learning the hard way how not to behave in a cofounder partnership (READ MORE)
Amy Briant and Lisa DeLarco Bonoff are the founders of Lumion, a skincare product line revolutionizing skin health technology. In this episode, Amy shares the story of her painful split from a co-founder in her former venture, and what she learned the hard way. Tune in to hear her advice on protecting yourself legally, setting boundaries, mitigating conflict, and optimizing co-founder relationships – plus challenges the duo’s currently facing in growing Lumion.
Also! Use code failure20 at www.lumionlife.com for 20% off your first order :).
(From the Ellevate Network podcast show notes) After graduating from a prestigious counseling psychology Masters program, Megan couldn’t seem to land a job and rather than letting her situation get the best of her, she chose to pursue the thing in her life that brought her joy: yoga. In this episode, Megan traces her winding path from a yoga mat cleaner to successful entrepreneur and discusses the importance of therapy and using one’s privilege to help others.
Jessie Andrews’ journey into entrepreneurship was anything but traditional. The self-made, multiple fashion-brand founder didn’t finish high school, pursued a career in adult film, toured as an international DJ and producer, and taught herself the ins and outs of the fashion business – all before her twenty-first birthday. Her Bagatiba line quickly became a go-to celebrity favorite – worn by the Hadids, Jenner’s & Kardashians – shortly after which she launched two more brands: Basic Swim and Jeu Illimité (READ MORE)
My dear, wise friend Sarah Anne Stewart interviewed me on shame & perfectionism and how it relates to body image & disordered eating, anxiety and depression. If you’re interested in my story and my advice for coping (especially this time of year!), tune in (quality is better than thumbnail suggests ?)!
(From Alexa Silvaggio of the Let’s Get Information Podcast): Oh my goodness oh my goodness, Megan and I went IN on this episode. Megan Bruneau is a remarkable human who truly is the fountain of truth. She can’t help it. We talk about overcoming the feelings of intense loneliness, uprooting ones life to follow dreams, body image, creating a life that has meaning, and SO. MUCH. MORE. This is a powerful episode, you don’t want to miss it, so without further ado, let’s relax, sit back, and get INformation.
BELLA Magazine asked me for some tips on dealing with the holiday season. Here’s a screenshot ( although…please ignore the “Eating Healthy During the Holidays” bit and pretend it says “Eating Happily During The Holidays 😉 ).
At 25 years old, Jessie Andrews is the founder and CEO of four successful businesses. Formerly an adult-film star and international DJ/Producer, she’s now also a globally sought-after photographer, in-demand brand builder, and successful model and designer. In this episode, brought to you by Discover LMS, Jessie shares her unconventional journey from dropping out of high school to becoming one of the few adult actress to break through to mainstream. Listen in for her wisdom and grit-filled story, plus how to prevent the past from defining you, plus her advice in starting up and owning who you are.
When you hear the short-story version of why she started Ollie, you might assume Gabby Slome is impulsive. While she and her husband were traveling Columbia, they found themselves being followed – by the dog who would later sit in on our interview at the all-natural, human-grade dog food company’s Flatiron Headquarters (READ MORE).
Last Sunday I schlepped myself home from a friend’s place at 5:41am. My “I’m going to have one drink!” night turned into a runaway — an outcome I rationalized as necessary coping coming off the heels of hands-down the most traumatic dating experience I’ve had in this city. My usual go-to of Jivamukti and Acoustic Covers just wasn’t going to cut it with this one, so I gave myself permission to help my friend clean out the dregs of his liquor cabinet (liquor shelf*), and we danced our way through an 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s playlists respectively. Following a flash of lucidity in which I was reminded I’d prefer to wake up in my own bed, I congratulated myself for my responsible decision and embarked on the twenty-or-so minute stagger from The West Village to Flatiron (READ MORE)