Stress, Startups and Survival

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  • Scientific explanation, addiction
  • Meet Olga
    95 years old track star in Vancouver
    Sustains and nourishes health
    Still setting records to this day
    Went through hardship (key to toughening her up, made her stronger)
  • Scientific explanation, addiction
  • Financial
    Emotional
  • When you encounter a stressful situation, your body secretes a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is responsible for the “fight or flight” response. While this comes in handy when we’re being chased by a bear, cortisol isn’t meant to be flowing at a consistently high level from your MVP through to your Series A and beyond.
  • 3 of 4 venture backed startups fail
    Pando daily quote “fun”
    We’re killing it!
  • In trying to push through the ups and downs, the end result is a highly obsessed person whose entire identity and well-being is defined by the health of their startup. Net worth and
  • Successful entrepreneurs achieve hero status in our culture. And we celebrate the blazingly fast growth of the Inc. 500 companies. But many of those entrepreneurs … harbor secret demons: Before they made it big, they struggled through moments of near-debilitating anxiety and despair—times when it seemed everything might crumble. – Inc.com Jessica Bruder

    http://www.inc.com/magazine/201309/jessica-bruder/psychological-price-of-entrepreneurship.html
  • In trying to push through the ups and downs, the end result is a highly obsessed person whose entire identity and well-being is defined by the health of their startup.
  • You think with your body
    Cognitive abilities
    Sensitivity – overreaction
  • Mind and body not separate
  • In trying to push through the ups and downs, the end result is a highly obsessed person whose entire identity and well-being is defined by the health of their startup.
  • You think with your body
    Cognitive abilities
    Sensitivity – overreaction
  • Stress, Startups and Survival

    1. 1. Stress Startups & Survival @hanaabaza
    2. 2. Entrepreneurship can make or break you.
    3. 3. #C2C14 WHY IT’S HOT
    4. 4. #C2C14 WHY IT’S NOT
    5. 5. “They tell you what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. What they forget to tell you is that it almost fucking kills you.” - Conan O’Brien
    6. 6. Not all stress is bad!
    7. 7. Startup Stress Is Different From “Normal” Stress
    8. 8. The “Perfect” Recipe for Stress High risk of failure Constant ups and downs Impression management
    9. 9. The Dangers of Going Too Far Hopelessness Worthlessness Loss of motivation
    10. 10. “We idolize the Mark Zuckerbergs and the Elon Musks... But, before they made it big, they struggled through moments of near-debilitating anxiety and despair—times when it seemed everything might crumble.” – Jessica Bruder, Inc.com Source: Inc.com
    11. 11. The Physical Effects of Stress
    12. 12. Lower Attention Span Bad Decision Making Analytical Skills Suffer Energy Level Dips Creativity Plummets Learning Decreases Memory Worsens Word Finding Decreases Perception Is Skewed
    13. 13. sleep
    14. 14. breathe
    15. 15. eat real food
    16. 16. mediate
    17. 17. play!
    18. 18. talk
    19. 19. There’s an app for that… 5 Minute Journal Headspace Lift SweetBeat
    20. 20. Thank you! Namaste 

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