From Millennials to their Companies: The Value of Purpose

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a question we ask children. Ask that question in Silicon Valley, though, and it feels like many adults will fumble for an answer. A better question might be “Who do you want to be when you grow up?” In a place where 25-year-olds are… [Continue reading]

Coping with “Not Good Enough” and Imposter Thoughts

High-tech professionals know that their inner critic can be their best friend or their worst enemy. That inner critic is at the forefront for risk taking and innovation while also front and center for making mistakes. Evolution has led us to a default mind-state that focuses on “what’s not OK?” which can be helpful in… [Continue reading]

You’re Not Crazy: He’s Gaslighting You

Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse that involves convincing someone their intuition is wrong when it is actually completely accurate. The term comes from the 1944 movie Gaslight in which a husband tries to manipulate his wife into believing that she is going crazy. As portrayed in that old film, gaslighting unfolds when one… [Continue reading]

How to Manage Your Preoccupation With Wealth

High-tech professionals are often very anxious and worried they will never have enough money. They become preoccupied with what they need in order to think they are successful, believing that they will “arrive” when they have a certain total in the bank. What happens, though, is that the target shifts. If one company is sold,… [Continue reading]

Comparison Versus Connectedness: Why Are You Using Facebook?

Teddy Roosevelt said “comparison is the thief of joy.” When comparing our life to the lives of others or to what we thought our lives would be, how can we experience joy? Comparison takes us out of the present moment and gives power to something outside of our own control. How can we combat this… [Continue reading]

Coping with Fear of Failure in Silicon Valley

In Silicon Valley, there are many high achievers, and the pressure to “succeed” can be intensely overwhelming and difficult to navigate. Many individuals are accustomed to achieving at high levels and being recognized for it. Fear of failure becomes a daunting thing for such high-achieving tech professionals to address. It is all too easy for… [Continue reading]

Five Ways Start-Up Execs Can Achieve Good Sleep

Entrepreneurs know that working for a start-up means long hours and lost sleep. It’s unfortunate that sleep continues to get a bad rap as wasted time, even though good sleep is known to yield better work performance. But when high achievers do decide to attain sleep, oftentimes, their perfectionist tendencies sabotage their rest. That’s because… [Continue reading]

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