It is a bold and heart-warming founder story punctuated by the panic attacks, sleepless nights, anxiety and derailed health that we hear so much about from founders here in the UK. But this story really focuses on how positive changes can make us STRONGER as founders (something that sits at the core of our ethos and our group-coaching FounderCircles) and we need more stories like this.
Why? It’s all because of the elephant…
The elephant in the room whenever we talk about entrepreneur mental health is that as entrepreneurs we fundamentally don’t really WANT to stop.
We hear it everywhere – long-term stress is bad for you – and the stress stats for founders do not paint a good picture. So the implication is that founders should slow down.
Yet despite the stresses and strains, 93% of entrepreneurs remain happy to be an entrepreneur with 91% driven to make a difference.
These stats do not signal a group who want to slow down, and somewhere along the line, there has developed a fear that if we talk about the struggles, it might mean we have to take our foot off the gas and stop driving forward the missions we’re all so passionate about delivering.
But slowing down is far from the only option, and that’s why we need more stories like this.
As achievement-driven types, entrepreneur wellbeing is just as reliant on feeling that we’re achieving and making a difference, as it is on getting in effective recovery time.
By showing this brave story of Collins and Perrin – one that is even more challenging than most – we can see that on the other side of this elephant is a better way.
A way that rejects the Silicon Valley inspired hyper-work cycle bravado.
A way where we’re more aware of what energises us; what fuels our brains to make optimum decisions; and what to focus on to really drive the business forwards.
A way that can lead to better business performance, not just less.
More stories like this are what we need.
Not just burnout, but burnout to brilliance.
Read the Inc Magazine piece here