sxsw popexpert salon: the pressures of entrepreneurship


Bryan Neuberg and Jamison Monroe teamed up to talk about a critical and timely topic: how to deal with the pressures of entrepreneurship. Both of these guys are experts on the subject and the folks that joined this session had a lot of first hand experience as well, which made for a very enlightening discussion.

Bryan is an executive coach who manages a leadership development firm. He was one of 25 at the Google Coaching Center who recently wrote the most shared article of the week on PandoDaily entitled, “Why many entrepreneurs are privately suffering, and what to do about it.

Jamison is the Founder/CEO of the Newport Academy, an adolescent mental health treatment center and is recognized by his peers as a conduit between the past, present and future of recovery.

Together, Jamison and Bryan talked about the concept of soft-bipolarity and the ups and downs many entrepreneurs experience but don’t talk about.

Here are some great quotes:

“Soft bipolar is a distant cousin to manic depression that often includes mild depressive dips and a light form of enthusiastic, energized, creative mania, called hypomania.”

“Hypomania can be the wiring that helps some entrepreneurs be successful. They’ll have lots of energy and an increased ability to tolerate risk….sounds like a teenager right!?”

“Soft bipolar entrepreneurs can be visionary, highly self confident, persuasive, energized, and boundlessly enthusiastic about the companies they are building…But if someone has too much risk tolerance they can also tear down the enterprise they worked so hard to build.”

“People in the bipolar spectrum are attracted to entrepreneurship. Building businesses can be a great way for hypomanic entrepreneurs to apply their energy and creativity.”

“We need a structure for people who have inherently run away from all other structures.“

“There are builders and optimizers in a company…for folks on the soft bi-polar side it’s important to engage in calming activities like walking and meditating. They also need to surround themselves with people (inside and outside the company) who are willing to challenge some of their wild ideas.

We were thrilled that Bryan and Jamison could spend time discussing a tough but incredibly important topic with a great group of entrepreneurs. Thanks again guys!

@NeubergBryan @jamisonmonroe

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