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Mental Health And Entrepreneurship

I’m attending a online summit for digital marketing agencies, run by Jan Koch of WPMastery.xyz. One of today’s session is on mental health.

Jan talks to Phil Morrow about how to deal with your mental health while running an agency.

It’s a great session and highlights one very important point (among other good points), that if you are having breakdowns or panic attacks because of your job, you’re not alone.

If you are a solopreneur or a entrepreneur, making sure you have a support system in place to help you through the rough patches is key.

How do you deal with your mental health and work?

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Remembering To Breathe

This morning was crazy. We all woke up late and it all spiraled from there.

Finally we all got out of the house. I got to work, sat down and got a call. The call was from my wife, that we forgot to send my 7 year-old in the dead of winter with a coat.

So out of the chair I went. Rushed back home then to his school to make sure he’d be warm outside.

Finally back at work, heart beating extremely fast, I took a breath. Man that breath felt good. I just sat at my desk for a few moments and breathed.

Taking a second in our every busy day is hard. There is always something to be done. But taking a breath and getting your wits about you is important to making sure those things get done correctly.

Just remembering to breathe is such an important thing and it’s so underrated. What do you think?

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Mental Health and Entrepreneurship

I’m a very positive person. I don’t often feel depressed. I’m a “the glass is half full” kind of guy. But more and more I’m hearing about how depression and mental health is becoming a big topic not only in my entrepreneur circles, but in business as a whole.

This is a good thing. Having mental health be less of a stigma both at work and home allows people to get the help they need and become stronger and better people for both their jobs and families.

Having mental health be less of a stigma both at work and home allows people to get the help they need and become stronger and better people for both their jobs and families.

I recently met a woman, Lynette Davis, who is running a nonprofit called Love Yourself Love Your Business. It aims to be a group for entrepreneurs who need community and a support structure. It’s a great concept and I, for one, can’t wait to see what it’s all about when in launches.

What resources do you utilize for your own mental health? Is dealing with your mental health a priority for you? Let me know in the comments.

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I Have Impostor Syndrome

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(This post was originally posted on Medium)

There I said it. I have Impostor Syndrome.

What is it? Well, here’s two definitions:

Impostor syndrome (also spelled imposter syndrome, also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome) is a term coined in the 1970s by psychologists and researchers to informally describe people who are unable to internalize their accomplishments. (Wikipedia)

Impostor syndrome can be defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist even in face of information that indicates that the opposite is true. It is experienced internally as chronic self-doubt, and feelings of intellectual fraudulence. (CalTech)

Today at Barcamp Philly 2015, Briana Morgan and Amanda Clark had a great talk on the syndrome. Briana, who is a scholar, has been doing extensive research on the topic. (Here is the link to their presentation)

In their talk, Amanda and Briana talked about how based on studies, women tend to suffer from the syndrome more than men. But these studies are in fact flawed, because they studied women in fields where men for eons have been dominant. I’d like to see a study done where men are studied as well. I’m sure we’ll find that many men, myself included suffer too.

Another well-known point is that many accomplished actors have felt the effects Impostor Syndrome as well. (Google Result)

Like many other psychological phenomena, it has the power we lend to it. As long as you don’t let it paralyze you, imposter syndrome can be a harbinger of growth rather than disaster. Some people even consider it downright motivational. (Briana’s Technical.ly Philly post on the syndrome)


So, as I stated at the beginning, I suffer from Impostor Syndrome. I often feel that I’m not as qualified as my peers, even though I am. When I get praise from my mentors and peers for my knowledge, it feels strange and undeserved. I think a big part of Impostor Syndrome is a morale and self-image thing than anything else. I also think that I’m so used to giving compliments that when I get some myself, it feels strange.

A big part of Impostor Syndrome, or at least my version, is that other people appear to be more accomplished then you , so you feel like you don’t fit in and are in some ways “less” then they are. Often this isn’t the fact. In reality you are just as qualified as your peers. I also think that, at least in my case, since I can’t see inside their heads, what appears on the outside as confidence and expertise, might be a just a front for the same feelings that I have.


All in all, I think we’d all be surprise to learn that many of our friends and colleagues might in fact have the same feelings as we do. It’s not a bad thing, but recognizing that you feel this way and talking about it and dealing with it is key to being successful. That’s why I’m so open about it.


Do you suffer from Impostor Syndrome? How do you deal with it?


Seth Goldstein is the Principal Creative Director of Goldstein Media LLC, an interactive marketing agency based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In addition to his work with Goldstein Media, he is also the Chief Marketing Officer for My Sensory Locations, a location-based application for the Special Needs community, VP of Web and Social for PhillyTech.co, Social Media Manager for SWGPromo.com, and Editor and Chief of PhillyTech.org Netcast Network. Seth is a very busy man and that’s how he likes it.