What comes to mind when you think of an entrepreneur? Maybe it’s the gregarious and frenetic hustler, as personified by my friend Gary Vaynerchuk.
That’s interesting, since the only thing Gary and I have in common is that we’re both serial entrepreneurs. Clearly, the types of personalities that support entrepreneurship run along a wide spectrum.
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In the past, we’ve discussed research that reveals that the men and women who become entrepreneurs leverage what would otherwise be personal liabilities into an advantage. The underlying idea is that perhaps the ability to execute on innovative ideas might come from a mental illness, or psychological baggage that is turned into a positive.
Beyond the personality traits that can help entrepreneurs, there’s also the darker side. Certain aspects of our identity and mindset makes it likely that we’ll suffer from anxiety and depression — and worse, not reach out to seek help.
Joining me today is psychologist Sherry Walling to discuss both the positive and potentially negative aspects of being an entrepreneur. Dr. Walling specializes in working with founders to better cope with some of the more stressful aspects of entrepreneurism, and I think you’ll find her insights valuable.