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The Surrender Experiment this is the title of entrepreneur Michael Singer's powerful biography which details how he chose to surrender what life put in front of him and ended up building a successful construction firm, a multi-billion-dollar public software company (automation of medical records), and a now long-established yoga and meditation center.

Dealing with Depression entrepreneurs are 30% more likely to suffer depression than non-entrepreneurs. Singer's runaway bestseller (over 1 million copies) is The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself. This book has helped so many people I know deal with depression and other mental blocks getting in the way of a happy, joyful life. Though Singer wrote it first, I strongly recommend you read The Surrender Experiment first. It's a quick read that will give you context for The Untethered Soul. The essence of his work is helping you deal with that voice in your head – that voice which just said "what voice." That voice is not you. You are the person observing that voice.

Would They Still Be Your Friend? — my favorite thought experiment of Singer's is pretending like that voice in your head is a friend who is sitting next to you and saying all this crazy stuff to you – rooted in fear, anxiety, etc. Would you still want them as a friend? Would you hang out with them much? Probably not. So why are you falling victim to all those conversations in your head? Read Singer's book to delve more deeply into this critical topic and how to manage and quiet that voice.

Temple of the Universe so last week John Ratliff and I flew a group of CEOs, attending our second Boot Camp, up to hear Michael Singer lecture at his Temple of the Universe just outside of Gainesville, FL. He teaches every Monday and Thursday evening from 8:15pm – 9:30pm. From the CEO of a $6 billion bank to the top fitness trainer in NYC, all the CEOs enjoyed and benefited from the experience. I encourage you, if in the Gainesville area, to attend his talk. And here is a link to Oprah's 4-minute interview with Singer – worth all four minutes! Then watch the next few Oprah interview segments with Singer.

5 Questions That Will Make You Emotionally Strong related to Singer's work is this powerful article presenting 5 questions to help you weather any emotional storm. These questions:

  1. Is this useful?
  2. Does the world owe me this?
  3. Must I have THIS to live a happy life?
  4. Is this who I want to be?
  5. Have I ever felt that way?

Please take 3 minutes to read the article to understand the context of these questions. And the article ends with a very important lesson about relationships. Please read.

Dealing with Founder Depression and to wrap up this insight, here's a link to a recent HBR article on founder depression which provides four constructive ideas for combatting it. It's a serious issue and needs to be taken seriously.

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Verne Harnish
Verne Harnish
Verne Harnish is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and chaired for fifteen years EO’s premiere CEO program, the “Birthing of Giants” and WEO’s “Advanced Business” executive program both held at MIT. Founder and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company with over 150 coaching partners on six continents, Verne has spent the past three decades helping companies scale-up. The “Growth Guy” syndicated columnist, he’s also the Venture columnist for FORTUNE magazine. He’s the author of Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0); Mastering the Rockefeller Habits; and along with the editors of Fortune, authored The Greatest Business Decisions of All Times," for which Jim Collins wrote the foreword. Verne also chairs FORTUNE Magazine’s annual Leadership and Growth Summits and serves on several boards including chairman of The Riordan Clinic and the newly launched Geoversity. He is an investor in many scale-ups. A father of four, he enjoys piano, tennis, and magic as a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.