Roy Gilbert

Mental Health and Entrepreneurship: It’s Time

Whether it is anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or countless other mental conditions, it really is time we stop brushing mental health issues at work under the rug, especially in the entrepreneurial community.

Entrepreneurship in general is incredibly challenging for a plethora of reasons. Some of the inherent challenges built into building a company include the fact that you need money to build a product but in order to raise money, you need a product. Additionally, to get users for your app, you need it to have value but in order for it to have value, you need users.

Entrepreneurship is really not for everyone and when someone tells me they want to be an entrepreneur, my immediate response is always “No, you don’t. You might want to experience what you think is the glory of building a tech company, but that is not real life. You only see the success, you don’t see what went into it. You don’t want to be an entrepreneur. Either you are one, or you’re not.

I’ve spoken to countless founders who are experiencing depression and anxiety lately, which often causes a sort of paralysis. It’s hard to move, let alone be productive.

Here are some things you can do to try and minimize the sadness and maximize the productivity: Take a breather and focus on what’s important.

We often get blinded by the trees and totally miss the forest. Try to stop, close your eyes, and envision the forest. Your family, your friends, the people who […]

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