7 Reasons Entrepreneurs Are Particularly Vulnerable to Mental Health Challenges (FORBES)

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)

The Failure Factor Episode 28: Simon “Thor” Damborg on the Danger of the Personal Brand, Dating in a Culture of Toxic Masculinity, and the Only Way Entrepreneurship is Worth It

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.

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These 4 Behaviors Will Destroy Your Cofounder Relationship – From A Woman Who Learned The Hard Way (FORBES)

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)

The Failure Factor Episode 27: Lumion’s Amy Briant And Lisa DeLarco Bonoff on Dealing With – and Learning From – a Painful Cofounder Split

 

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.

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Also! Use code failure20 at www.lumionlife.com for 20% off your first order :).

Megan Shares Her Career Journey On The Ellevate Network Podcast

(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.

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From Adult Film Star To Founder And CEO: Jessie Andrews’ 5 Tips For Always Being On Top (FORBES)

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)

Megan On Disordered Eating, Tools For Recovery, & How It All Comes Back To Shame And Perfectionism (Interview With Sarah Anne Stewart)

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 ?)!

Depression, Loneliness, and Risk (Alexa Silvaggio Interviews Megan About Allllllll The Important Things)

(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.

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The Failure Factor Episode 26: Former Adult Film Star Turned Designer Jessie Andrews On Being Fearless And Not Letting The Past Define You

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.

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Find out more about Jessie on her website,  and be sure to check out her brands: Bagatiba, Basic Swim, Jeu Illimite and 1201 B Studios!

Overcome ‘Analysis Paralysis’ And Execute On Your Idea – 5 Tips From Ollie Cofounder Gabby Slome (FORBES)

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).

The Failure Factor Episode #25: Mark Sisson On Risk-Taking, Resilience, And The Failure That Cost Him $1m

Mark Sisson is an serial entrepreneur and ex-endurance athlete, turned ancestral health pioneer and New York Times bestselling author. What began as his blog (MarksDailyApple.com) has now become one of the top-rated health and fitness websites, and has led to Mark founding of several companies of “primal” nature: Primal Blueprint, Primal Kitchen, Primal Kitchen Resturaunts, and Primal Health Coach- all devoted to promoting the Primal lifestyle of balancing healthy nutrition, exercise and play.

 

In this episode, brought to you by Discover LMS, Mark shares his perspective on taking risks to obtain the life you want – and switching gears when you find yourself on a path that’s just not working for you anymore. He offers advice on integrating “failures,” as well as other lessons he learned through his television show-flop, a mindset that’s led to his being one of the most renowned figures in health and wellness today .

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I’m a Therapist, I’m Spiritual, and Sometimes I Get Deeply Lonely–Here’s How I Deal (HUFFPOST)

 

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)

A nine-step plan for conquering social anxiety that won’t overwhelm you (Quartz)

A couple weeks ago, I found myself at an intimate dinner party. Normally I feel confident and outgoing at social events. But as the host brought out a third course that rivaled a Michelin Star restaurant, I found myself overwhelmed with anxiety and shame.

I don’t belong here, I thought. These people are way too cool for me. I’m too small-town for this. I have “Country Bumpkin” written all over me. Which fork do I use? They’re 100% judging me. She’s regretting inviting me. She probably thinks I’m a complete fraud. Why am I being so awkward? What’s wrong with me? (READ MORE)

The Failure Factor Episode 24: Ollie Pet Food Co-Founder Gabby Slome

Gabby Slome is the co-founder of Ollie; an all-natural, human grade dog food delivery service.  In this episode, brought to you by Discover LMS, she shares how she overcame “analysis paralysis” and what she believes is most important for a successful business.Warning: Gabby shares some stomach-turning truths about the pet-food industry, so you might not want to eat while listening to this episode!

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The Failure Factor Episode 23: Sarah Merrill of “Big Kid Problems” on Growing & Monetizing Social Media, Overcoming Fear, And Leaving Your 9-5 Responsibly

It’s one thing to leave a job you hate to follow your dreams; but what about leaving that “cushy” job that’s not totally terrible?  In this interview, brought to you by Discover LMS, Sarah Merrill of “Big Kid problems” walks Megan through how she traversed this decision in her own life and how she’s made a successful business out of social media.

From appearing as a guest on the day- time Emmy winning Steve Harvey Show on three separate episodes teaching “Social Media 101” segments, and being featured on various podcasts and websites as a “millennial thought leader”, listen in as Sarah shares how she embraces fear and failure, and lets us in on her secrets to growing and monetizing her following to a quarter-million.

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A therapist’s guide to staying productive when you’re depressed or heartbroken (Quartz)

“We entrepreneurs can’t afford to date,” I half-joked to a friend the other day. “We can’t take sick days when we get our hearts smashed.”

I’m a therapist who helps people learn to be resilient in the face of life’s uncertainties. But even I catch myself feeling anxious about how to stay motivated when I’m feeling down—especially in the shit-show that is dating in New York (READ MORE).

Meet Megan Bruneau – Growing, Failing And Innovating (We Are LMS)

Meet Megan Bruneau – Growing, Failing and Innovating

If you’re ever stressed and need to look at a calm, reassuring instagram feed, take a look at @meganjbruneau. NYC wonder woman Megan Bruneau’s long list of accomplishments include a successful career as a psychotherapist and hosting the podcast “The Failure Factor” (highly recommend giving it a listen). Her feed displays serene scenic views of British Columbia, an ode to her Canadian background, and empowering quotes like, “Feeling abnormal is normal.” Through her extensive work in therapy and lessons from her own experiences struggling with perfectionism disorders, Megan serves as a knowledgeable and experienced voice for wellness and self-compassion. We asked Megan to share her story of growth and self-innovation and this is what she had to say (READ MORE)