After all the recent celebrities committing suicide in the last few months, I’ve been thinking of my personal battles with depression and anxiety. I never suffered from depression growing up. An introvert? Definitely, but my bouts of depression and anxiety only occurred in the last few years. I consider myself lucky as I’ve never been diagnosed with anything worse than moderate clinical depression. Personally I categorize my episodes as “melancholy”, a persistent sense of sadness or mourning without an obvious reason. But knowing what that feels like makes me empathize who suffer from severe depression or anxiety. To imagine what depths of despair severe depression sufferers must sink to consider death a preferable alternative frightens me to remain vigilant against this problem. I’ve developed a few “home” remedies to help keep my head above water. These do not replace known solutions (therapy, medication, etc.) but for me form a daily routine to keep my personal melancholy “demons” at bay. If you find yourself with your own set of devils on your shoulder, maybe something here will work for you.
I’m always amazed by the positive power of the morning. As the sun climbs over the horizon and the first rays of light touch the world around me, it whispers the promise of our greatest blessing; a new day, a fresh start that Nature gives us every 24 hours.
One of the prime attributes of any successful entrepreneur is a sense of restlessness. We always want to be engaged; planning, implementing and improvising to achieve our goals. This is extremely important when we are in startup; like a prizefighter we counter-punch, side-step, and plot for an opportunity to deliver a knockout blow. This restlessness keeps us motivated. But what happens when our venture becomes successful? How do we keep this sense of restlessness from undoing the good work it helped to create? How do we keep ourselves from constantly gazing over the next hill looking for more exciting challenges in the next opportunity?
I realized the other day I have been blogging on this site for nearly a year. My first blog was on April 26th of 2017. (there are some older posts, but they were initially on my Tumblr site, and I ported them over). It was this time last year I created this site to work on learning how to write. In the past year, I have written nearly 80 blog posts. This number does not include short musings
As both an introvert and a company CEO, I’m forced to walk the tightrope of communicating with my staff but still being true to my personality. These two aspects of my business life are often at odds. As a CEO I’m forced to attend a variety of meetings, discussions, and calls. The introvert in me prefers to limit interactions as they drain my energy over the course of the day. So over time, I’ve implemented several communication rules to resolve this contradiction. These practices allow me to communicate while accommodating my needs as an introvert.
I’m a successful business owner and entrepreneur. For the last decade, I have been a CEO, boot-strapping a professional services company into a multi-million dollar enterprise. I don’t write these details to boast in any way; a lot of my success is pure luck. No, I just want to let people know I’m a business professional who takes his position seriously. So it may come as a surprise for some that for the last 35 years, I’ve also been a secret tabletop role-playing gamer.