TMBA616: The True Cost of Burnout, Anxiety, and Entrepreneurial Depression

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Today’s episode is all about mental health, depression, anxiety, and the effect that these things can have on the way that we run our businesses.

Benny Lewis is the founder of Fluent in 3 Months, and he recently opened up about his own struggles at our unofficial DCx event in London a few weeks ago.

While his business was “successful” by many traditional metrics, his personal life was far from it.

He soon found himself under a mountain of credit card debt, with his marriage to his partner of five years ending in divorce.

Benny joins us on this week’s podcast to share the details of his personal journey.

You’ll hear about his battle with clinical depression, the steps he took to get back on his feet, and how his business was able to survive through such a tumultuous period in his life.

See the full transcript below

Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • The long-term effects of severe burnout. (7:56)
  • How Benny found himself in financial trouble despite the success of his business. (16:02)
  • Why it’s important to realize that every dollar has a job. (24:50)
  • How Benny’s team helped him get through the roughest years in his personal life. (33:08)
  • Why counting your blessings isn’t just a cliche. (46:13)

Mentioned in the episode:

Before the Exit – Our New Book
Partner With Us
The Dynamite Circle
Dynamite Jobs
Dynamite Deals
Tropical MBA on YouTube
Post a Remote Job
Dynamite Jobs – Remote Recruiting Sales Page
Let’s Talk High-Level Podcast Strategy for 1 Hour
Benny Lewis
Fluent in 3 Months
Fluent in 3 Months by Benny Lewis
Fluent in 3 Months on YouTube

Enjoyed this podcast? Check out these:

TMBA460: Are We Being Honest About the True Cost of Bootstrapping a Business?
TMBA530: Don’t Be a Victim of Your Own Success
TMBA588: Getting Comfortable With Failure

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Dan & Ian


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