Mental Fitness Podcast for Entrepreneurs

Mental Fitness Podcast for Entrepreneurs

From an expert who is at the intersection of startups and human psychology, begins a new podcast series that will focus on the mind, mental health, well-being and entrepreneurial resilience. With a background in psychology and sociology, Ozan is a 4 time founder, currently running https://startupsoflondon.com as well as the author of Startups Grow With People & Creative Hiring among other books. We will attempt to answer questions such as; What is mental fitness? What would a gym for the mind look like? Why is entrepreneurship a true test of mental toughness? Understand the mind to optimise performance and well-being. How do you re-fuel your mind? What would a training programme for the mind look like? and many more. Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B014QVYMQG Linkedin: https://linkedin.com/in/ozandagdeviren

Episodes

February 22, 2021 15 min
This is the final episode of the mental fitness podcast for entrepreneurs. Protecting your mental health means saying no to some projects and at times, cancelling or pausing them. I was glad to take part in this project as it's reached many people and help them in their journeys. In this episode, I talk about my reasons of finishing this project as well as some tips on when and how to change gears.

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What works best for me:
1. Manage my creative and productive energy rather than time (Know how much this is for you by measuring)
2. Appreciate that you are a system with needs, Just like physiological needs, you have mental and emotional needs. Just because you are in charge of this system, you don't get to set all the rules of how it works.
3. The Two Mindsets - The night Ozan, The day Ozan.
4. Understand what dopamine is and ho...
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November 14, 2020 15 min
A spontaneous conversation with Daryl where we swap stories and ideas about the biggest fears entrepreneurs have. A few insightful gems here.

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Welcome to the Mental Fitness Podcast.

Today's entrepreneurs are mental athletes that have to know about the mind and how to keep it fit. Our goal is to increase our resilience against stress and anxiety; optimize our productivity, motivation, and optimism by learning about the human mind...
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(From the book Startups Grow With People: How to Pick Partners, Recruit the Top Talent and Build a Company Culture)

*A good partner has the life-design that fits being in a startup (can spare the time, energy, focus, and finances required)

*A good partner shares the problem (sees the world in the same unique way)

*A good partner has a depth of knowledge on at least one topic related to the startup (you find yourself learning new thing...
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November 6, 2020 20 min
Understand Systems Thinking: Your body and mind are a system, it has inputs and outputs and it manages resources. Optimise for it.

The natural world - seeing it as an endless resource - depleted fossil fuels, environmental disaster.
Your body will deplete, the cost will be disastrous (in ways you may not guess).

Physical - early age death, stress-related illnesses, muscle, spinal and neural systems damage, etc...
Psychological - anxie...
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Why is it OK to fail? What is the narrative you tell yourself to be OK with failure?

In a corporate context vs failing in a game. Freedom to use these words.
When is it OK to make a mistake vs failing? (Jeff Bezos' example - warehouse blueprint)

Conclusion:
Make it OK to fail.
Don't fail so bad that you will run out of lives to play again.
Yes, you learn from mistakes, but you also learn from successes. That's why vicarious ...
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A conversation with Daryl about how stress changes the thinking process of the entrepreneur and may lead to a vicious loop of bad decisions. How do we break free from what we have dubbed the Business Panic Attack and stay on top of things. 4 strong tactics that we have personally used and now that they work.

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Today's entrepreneurs are mental athletes that have to know about the mind and how...
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October 25, 2020 13 min
1. Do they keep their small promises
2. Do they listen or talk and listen less
3. How are they in other areas of life, in traffic, in a restaurant, while talking to others, etc.
4. [Most importantly] what is their core driving motivation in life? What are they after? Money, pleasure, power, status...

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Today's entrepreneurs are mental athletes that have to know about the mind and how to keep it...
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October 21, 2020 18 min
Feeling like an imposter versus having imposter syndrome.
The feeling is a result of the contrast you observe between what you experience internally versus how others perceive you.
Why entrepreneurs are particularly vulnerable.
Three suggestions to deal with this feeling well.

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Welcome to the Mental Fitness Podcast.

Today's entrepreneurs are mental athletes that have to know about the mind and how to keep it fit. Our goal is to in...
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According to the University of San Francisco researcher Micheal A. Freeman who focused on entrepreneurs and mental health, 49% of entrepreneurs suffer from a mental health condition at least once. Another clinical practicioner DR. Hokemeyer's experience is that the rate of people who struggle with personality and other disorders is closer to 80% in the entrepreneurial community. I share my own experience and suggest a few ways ...
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The Biggest Personality Qualities of Successful Entrepreneurs
2. Rapid Learning
3. Building Partnerships
4. Enjoying The Struggle
5. Balancing the Focus over Long and Short Term

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Today's entrepreneurs are mental athletes that have to know about the mind and how to keep it fit. Our goal is to increase our resilience against stress and anxiety; optimize our productivity, motivation, and optimism ...
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How you deal with what you don't know is 50% of the battle. Can you make the right decisions even when you don't know all the answers? Can you manage your emotional world against your not knowing?

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Today's entrepreneurs are mental athletes that have to know about the mind and how to keep it fit. Our goal is to increase our resilience against stress and anxiety; optimize our producti...
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22. episodes of Mental Fitness Podcast's guest is Natsune. She is from Japan and shared with us a story of moving from Japan to the USA. This episode's guest is Natsune. Here is what I asked her.

1. The background story (Life and growing in Japan) Can you talk about life, values, business, gender, culture, business norms in Japan?
2. How and why you made the decision to move to the States?
3. What are some examples of the ment...
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You made your startup your entire identity.
You neglected friends, family, social life, hobbies, physical health.
You compared yourself to rockstar CEOs (which are PR anyways)
You thought you could get by with 5 hours of sleep.
You thought this was a one-round fight.

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Today's entrepreneurs are mental athletes that have to know about the mind and how to keep it fit. Our goal is to increase our...
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August 15, 2020 14 min
An interesting study done by Sonja Lyubomirsky - social comparison constitutes a big chunk of our happiness. Today's reality bombards us with people who are richer, more successful, more popular, faster, better, more beautiful than us at every turn. The reflex is to compare but it is a dangerous game.

We actually compare it in two directions. Upward comparison. Downward comparison. One makes us feel good in the short term but u...
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August 10, 2020 10 min
What is YOUR "something bigger"? It is not bad to serve your own needs. But when it is the only thing you serve, you start losing control.
Dream big, it is OK. What is the version of yourself that has the biggest positive impact on the world? What plans does that person have that you don't?

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Today's entrepreneurs are mental athletes that have to know about the mind and how to kee...
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You might be an entrepreneur in a modern and technological world, but your brain and biology belong to a more ancient era. We are wired to recognize false positives rather than false negatives. Survival. Because of this, your brain will constantly remind you about the things that can and do go wrong. Your brain is your best friend but also your worst enemy.

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Today's entrepreneurs are mental...
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July 30, 2020 13 min
Life is not chess, but maybe its more like poker. There is a good deal of chance involved in how much success, wealth and influence you acquire. Because of that, all decisions are bets in some way. Which means, you will want to keep betting and protect your right to stay within the game. Sometimes, you feel you have to go all-in. When is it the right time to do so? How would you decide?

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Today&...
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Ignore advice that is not a good fit for your temporal and geographical context. We imagine in images. Make sure the images you have about your future are well thought out and the manifestation of who you are.

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Welcome to the Mental Fitness Podcast.

Today's entrepreneurs are mental athletes that have to know about the mind and how to keep it fit. Our goal is to increase our resilience against stress and anxiety; optimize our pr...
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Here is a mental exercise to make sure you are not punishing yourself but pushing yourself in the right direction. As an entrepreneur, you have to push yourself. But you have to push yourself in the right direction and that can very quickly turn into punishing yourself by working too hard. There is no relation between how difficult you make a life for yourself and how successful you are. Feeling you are working really hard, can be ...
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