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I Disliked So Much About This Conference I’ll Go Back Every Year (FORBES)

It’s been quite the summer for me, networking-wise. I kicked off the adventure by accidentally attending a cryptocurrency conference at a castle north of Paris; shortly thereafter I returned to France to join 70 professional singles on a boat-cruise along the Seine; and most recently, I spent three nights at Fireside Conference: an annual technology-free event hosted at kids’ summer camp in rural Ontario – in the company of 399 full-grown entrepreneurs, investors, and influencers.  (READ MORE)

How To Optimize Your Profile And Handle Rejection: Dating Advice From ‘The League’ Founder And CEO (FORBES)

I often (half) joke that dating is great training for entrepreneurship. Lack of predictability and control is common to both, and the discomfort of anxiety, rejection, disappointment, frustration, anger, powerlessness, and so on are inevitable. If we want to grow our businesses, we have to learn how to navigate the entrepreneurial emotional roller coaster – and dating in 2018 is excellent practice in said proverbial emotional roller coaster (especially in New York City).  (READ MORE)

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This Woman Turned A Humiliating Networking Experience Into A Business (FORBES)

To call Lana Pozhidaeva “dynamic” is an understatement. The Russian-born entrepreneur and activist arrived in the United States as a model, before founding a nonprofit foundation that provides scholarships to minority students. Her latest venture, WE Talks, is a monthly event series for women entrepreneurs and professionals – an idea Pozhidaeva came up with after attending “a very intimidating, big-time networking event.” Pozhidaeva mustered the courage to ask a question into the microphone, yet was cut abruptly cut off by the host in what she describes as a “horrible” experience. Pozhidaeva turned her anger into action, recruiting the help of a friend in experiential marketing with the goal of creating events that feel truly empowering for women.  (READ MORE)

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Running a Business With A Significant Other? Varley Activewear Cofounder Shares Her Success Secrets (FORBES)

You should never mix business and pleasure, right? Dismissing the adage, millions of couples choose to start companies together. In 2000, it was estimated that 3 million of the 22 million US small business were couple-owned, and that number has likely risen. As a therapist and executive coach, I’m often privy to the challenges (and sometimes colossal disasters) that can emerge when romantic partners start businesses – or when business partners start romances. Help-seeking selection effect aside, most partnerships can agree there are inevitable strains placed on both the relationship and the business. Thus, I’m always curious to learn from the cofounder couples who are doing it right. Lara and Ben Mead, founders of Varley women’s activewear and lifestyle brand, are an example. (READ MORE)

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Why Leaving New York City Was The Best Move This Founder Made For Her Mental Health — And Business (FORBES)

As a therapist and executive coach, part of my job is helping my clients get to know themselves really well – and learn what contributes to their optimal mental health and success. While one person might thrive in a fast-paced, high-energy environment, another might feel overstimulated and suffocated. Nikisha Riley, social media influencer, model, and skincare line entrepreneur was the latter. Raised in Brooklyn, the Folie Apothecary founder knew she needed an environment more conducive to mental health when she began having panic attacks, heart palpitations, and couldn’t leave the house unless a friend was with her. Unable to cope in the city, Riley moved to Austin, Texas, where she was later diagnosed with anxiety, mild depression, and ADHD. (READ MORE)

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The Failure Factor Episode 29: The League Dating App Founder Amanda Bradford on Having Difficult Conversations And Getting Comfortable With Rejection

Ah, dating – a topic close to Megan’s heart. In this episode, she interviews The League founder and CEO Amanda Bradford on the building of the elite dating app. They discuss what it’s like to date as an “alpha woman,” the parallels between dating and entrepreneurship, why the skill of difficult conversations is integral to both dating and hiring, and how to cope with rejection.

Listen in for Amanda’s go-to first-date and first-interview questions, advice on overcoming fear of failure, and why hiring her best friend as her first hire was a mistake.

Oh, and skip the 500,000 person waiting list at The League by telling your concierge you heard about it on The Failure Factor!

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I Did DMT At A Castle In Paris And Went Straight To Hell. Here’s What You Should Know Before Doing Psychedelics (Medium).

If you’re interested in comprehensive, research-supported, expert information on psychedelics, check out the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.

If you’re interested in an amusing anecdotal account of one therapist’s psychedelic trip to Hell (and perhaps what NOT to do), read on.

Let me start by saying I’m known amongst my friends as the one who “doesn’t do drugs.” This has nothing to do with morality — it’s more fear, sensitive neurochemistry, and a baseline state that most people assume is already altered that keeps me content with tequila-sodas. I’ve never touched coke or MDMA, and my weed-smoking was largely limited to a three-year period dating my third love…that is, until he got frustrated with the existential questions I’d ask while high (also while sober) and left me for someone less confused about the nature of reality. Anyway, I’m from BC so does weed really even count??! (READ ON)

Megan As The Hatch Tribe Hero of The Month

Megan was featured as the Hatch Tribe Hero of the month! Check out a bit of her interview below, and read the full article here.


What is your favorite part of being an entrepreneur?

The excitement I feel every morning wondering what my day will bring (and on the less comfortable side of that gift, the continual opportunity for practice in sitting with uncertainty). Also, only setting an alarm when I need to catch an early flight.

What keeps you up at night?

Death anxiety and dating in New York. Also the actual dating part, not just the overthinking about it.

What ignited the spark in you to start your business?

I half-joke it was equal parts narcissism and idealism, with a splash of necessity and aversion to authority. I remember my soccer coach saying, “Megan, this is a dictatorship, not a democracy!” because I thought my coaching advice—at eight-years-old—was more valuable than his! I also refused to take piano lessons unless I could compose my own piece for recitals. Fifteen or so years later, I started a private practice and a blog when I couldn’t get a full-time job after my masters; then four years after that, I started my business in New York after I realized that the well-paying marketing job I had wasn’t creating the impact I’d moved here to make.

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This Founder Once Battled Anorexia. Now She’s Calling Out Weight Watchers And Helping Others (FORBES)

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).

3 Leadership Lessons We Can Learn From Southwest Airlines Pilot Tammie Jo Shults (FORBES)

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.

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Behind her in the cabin, 144 passengers wept, prayed and screamed, certain they were going to die. (READ MORE).

This Founder Couldn’t Find A Resource For Her Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, So She Created One (FORBES)

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).

This Founder Lived With A Secret Bipolar Diagnosis For Years. Today His Company Tackles The Stigma (FORBES)

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).

7 Strategies Every Entrepreneur Should Employ To Optimize Their Mental Health (FORBES)

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.

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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):

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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