10 Oct How I manage my mental health as an entrepreneur
In my final article about my forthcoming trip to SaaStock in Dublin, here are four ways that I look after my mental health in this hectic world of entrepreneurship.
I’ve talked about my struggles with mental health before. In my last article, I showed how I try to help my team deal with the pressure of working in a fast-growing business. For my final article on this subject, I want to tell you how I look after myself. I dream of impacting the world, but I know that if I don’t make it, it’ll be OK. Remember, I spent 50 days in a mental hospital last year!
Today, I feel better than I ever have. Sales Confidence is growing bigger every day. I’m raising investment, even though I feel I’m probably the least investable person ever! I mean, why would anyone want to invest in me with my history of mental health struggles? But seriously, if there’s a fine line between greatness and crazy, I’m doing a lot to stay on the right side of that line. After all, I have a responsibility to my team and my investors, as well as myself and my family.
Here are four things I do to make sure I stay healthy in mind and body.
1 — My psychologist
I meet with a dedicated, private, senior psychologist twice a month. This is someone who knows me probably better than anyone else on the planet, having been with me throughout a number of hospital admissions. We talk openly, plus I can call her anytime and she knows me well enough to give me an impartial assessment of where I’m at.
2 — My coaches
I work with two coaches in Silicon Valley who totally understand my aspirations for greatness, because they’ve seen it before in people who have achieved real success. However, they also understand the risk factors of having that level of ambition. That’s because they’ve built their own successful companies too. They hold me accountable and keep me in check. I catch up with them on a monthly basis.
3 — My mentors
I’m lucky that I know many of the most successful founders and sales leaders on the planet in our industry. I use them as a reference point for areas of my business life that I want to improve. What’s more, most of them are extremely calm and even-tempered. It helps remind me of the things that really matter. They have known me long enough to give me perspective and feedback on when I need to counter myself.
Mentorship is something I’d like to see formalised within organisations. It’s something we’re going to be doing in the community here at Sales Confidence.
4 — Exercise
Exercise is a big thing for me, although I don’t get to do it as much as I’d like. I do something 2–3 times a week. What I really want to do is get a personal trainer for the team.
It’s all about preparation to be at your optimum level of performance. I need to do it myself, otherwise, how can I advocate it for others?
What does success mean to you?
Success means different things to different people.
For some, it’s filling gaps, collecting expensive watches and fast cars. Some other people are driven by the chip on their shoulder and it’s about showing the world how good they are.
For me, success is being true to myself. That’s why I am so open about sharing my experiences. If I can prevent anyone from suffering the extremities that I have suffered, I’m happy.
Right now, I’m proud to have found a space where I am true to myself. I’ve got a better understanding of myself, which enables me to build the company I want, live the life I want and look after my family and three children.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of articles about my SaaStock talk. Please let me know what you think. Thank you for reading.