What is the life of ...

What is the life of a Startup Founder (founder depression)

8 days ago
2 min read

Disclaimer: opinions are my own not my employer’s

Let's talk about the Unspoken Reality of Startup Founders...

From Dream to Burnout: A Founder's Journey

Two months ago, I hit a wall. Despite achieving what I thought were my dreams—moving to San Francisco, launching my startup, and living in a vibrant community—I found myself feeling incredibly empty. Working 16-hour days became my norm, and slowly, my personal connections and mental health began to deteriorate. This wasn't the success I had envisioned.

The Turning Point

It was a realization that hit hard: success isn't just about business growth and financial gains. It's about balance, connections, and mental well-being. Listening to others in the startup community, I discovered I wasn't alone. Many founders experience similar feelings of isolation and depression, yet few talk about it due to fear of appearing vulnerable.

A New Approach to Work and Life

I decided to make a change. Weekends became my sanctuary for creativity, dedicated to marketing, sales, and most importantly, reconnecting with family and friends. This shift not only helped me regain my mental health but also brought a newfound creativity and energy to my work.

Lessons Learned

This journey taught me that the hustle culture often glorified in the startup world can lead to burnout and isolation. True success encompasses both professional achievements and personal fulfillment. It's about creating a life that values connections and well-being as much as business milestones.

Let's Start a Conversation

I'm sharing my story to break the silence on founder burnout and mental health. If you're feeling overwhelmed, know that you're not alone. Let's open up the conversation about the realities of startup life and support each other in finding a healthier path to success.

Your Thoughts?

Have you experienced similar challenges in your entrepreneurial journey? How do you balance the demands of your startup with personal well-being? Let's discuss in the comments below.

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Jorge Ferreiro is a Software Developer, entrepreneur and product manager

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