The Entrepreneur's Guide to Keeping Your S**t Together
Learn how to master your stress, dismiss your fears and rapidly accelerate your business growth.
What are other entrepreneurs saying about this book?
"Read this book as if your entrepreneurial dreams depend on it- because they do. If you can't keep your sh*t (and that of your team) together you'll spiral out of control, make bad decisions and ultimately fail. I know what I'm talking about since I couldn't deal with the emotional challenges of entrepreneurship when I first arrived in Silicon Valley 10 years ago trying to pursue my dreams and build a successful business. I'm convinced that reading and applying the advice in this book back then would have prevented me from a 5 year startup journey that ended in a soul crushing failure and put me in financial and emotional bankruptcy."
"A personal, generous and incredibly useful guide to staying sane and changing the world at the same time. Read it before you think you need it."
With all the things going on in your business, the easiest thing to overlook is also the most important: yourself. Whether you've already taken the plunge or are still considering it, this book lets you put your jumble of thoughts into a context that actually makes sense. You'll also find actionable steps you can take to protect your mental and emotional health as you take on the challenges ahead.
From one brutally honest story to the next, you'll quickly realize that the problems you face are very similar to the ones faced by everyone else.
You'll find yourself coming back to it again and again as you face those inner demons which seem to inevitably rise up when you least expect it.
"Entrepreneurship is mostly pain, with no one who truly understands to help us through it. Sherry is uniquely steeped in both entrepreneurship and clinical psychology, and wrote the book I wish I had read twenty years ago."
"This book covers the parts of starting and growing a business that aren’t shared often. The parts that most of us go through but don’t speak about. The ups and downs. The emotional roller coaster. Read this book whether you are already on your journey or just starting out. It’ll help you understand what you go through on a daily basis and how to manage it."
Crazy Egg, KissMetrics, Quick Sprout, Product Habits, Draftsend & counting
I've been listening to Sherry's podcast and consuming her content for years. Her book does a great job of teaching how to actually live and enjoy your life as an entrepreneur. I feel like most entrepreneur books/guru's suggest to work incredibly hard and grind at all costs regardless of how working crazy hours impacts your lifestyle or your family. I've learned many things from Sherry that have made me a better person -- such as prioritizing where business fits in with family and the rest of my life, getting enough sleep and dealing with some of the tough stuff that happens to small business owners.
An accessible read that is a MUST for anyone who is an entrepreneur and/or who has ever considered that path. In the beginning of the book Sherry defines ‘entrepreneur’ and I realized that this list included myself (I do run my own business and all, but hadn’t considered myself a "true" entrepreneur). It explained and validated some of the struggles I’ve had and provided me with practical ways to move forward. I work as a therapist, so some of what Sherry writes about is familiar to me, but it’s written in a way that sounds new, intriguing, accessible, and a far cry from my therapy text books. I found myself on multiple occasions thinking, ‘oh, I should try that’ or ‘hum….that’s a good way to think about a particular conflict or a way that I am/cope.’ Even if life is going perfectly (which is rarely ever really the case) in business or in life, take a few minutes read this book and I bet you’ll find out things about yourself and/or your work that will help it all go a bit more smoothly.
Jamie Larson Jones
"Foundational for any entrepreneur looking to get their mindset right."
Chief Instigator @ DanMartell.com
"Sherry and Rob’s book is a gentle reminder that there is literally no point in building up a successful company and popular product, if you end up stressed, burnt out and heading towards some form of early grave.
The book offers a combination of practical strategies and strategic analysis on how founders can cope with this balance - and come out on top.
Thank you Sherry for giving me a long list of great advice and reminders on how I can stay healthy, happy, and run my business better."
CEO and co-founder @ YouCanBook.me
Learn how to stay sane, keep your s**t together, and ensure both you and your business thrive for years.
You run a business. And running a business is hard. The burden of responsibility, the weight of stress and the loneliness of running your business are a far cry from your friends who work salaried jobs. The stress and loneliness are real. Sometimes too real. The path of least resistance is to let the stress and isolation of starting, running and growing a business infiltrate most aspects of your life.
Over and over we’ve watched our fellow entrepreneurs succumb to mental toll and chaos of running a business. We’ve also experienced it firsthand as we’ve launched and grown our own businesses.
Odds are good that you’ve been overwhelmed at some point.
Maybe you’ve tried talking to your spouse. That can work for a while… but your spouse is not your therapist and may not be your business partner. And placing them in these roles inevitably leads to misunderstandings, fatigue and arguments.
Maybe you’ve talked to friends. But if they aren’t entrepreneurs, they likely don’t understand what you’re going through.
Or maybe you’ve read self help books only to find that books about stress management typically don’t take into account the unique experience of entrepreneurs. Or they’re ‘lifehacks’ written by a blogger with no formal training or credentials, offering advice based on anecdotes, not science.
This is why we wrote
The Entrepreneur's Guide to Keeping Your S**t Together: How to Run Your Business Without Letting it Run You.
This book is a focused, practical, researched guide written by people with the training, experience and expertise to speak directly to entrepreneurs...
Sherry is a clinical psychologist and an entrepreneur. Most people call her Dr. Walling or just Doc.
Rob is a serial entrepreneur who has launched, grown and sold multiple startups over the past 17 years.
At this point we’ve pretty much seen it all (well, maybe not everything - but we’ve seen a lot) through our conversations with thousands of entrepreneurs via:
- Our long-running and popular podcast ZenFounder
- Hundreds of one-on-one and group consultations
- Dozens of yearly speaking engagements
- Rob’s conference MicroConf
We’ve seen the patterns that bring entrepreneurs down time and again. But we’ve also discovered the strategies, tactics, and techniques that have helped entrepreneurs like you triumph over the struggles of running a business. And that’s what’s in this book.
That’s why we sat down to write this book... to share the successful patterns we’ve observed from thousands of entrepreneurs: the strategies, tactics and techniques they use to triumph over the treacherous journey of running a business.
Who is this book for?
You might call yourself a founder, a CEO, a freelancer, an entrepreneur, a maker or something else completely. The term isn’t important.
The common thread that weaves through each of these roles are the responsibilities that you carry, the challenges you face, the mental struggles you must overcome, and the stress and isolation created by your business.
Whether you run a startup, a software company, a restaurant, a medical practice, a law firm, a consulting business, or make your living as a freelance writer, designer or coder… this book is your guide to keeping your life and business together as you navigate the sometimes treacherous waters of entrepreneurship.
Why do I need this book?
You want to invest in yourself (and consequently, your business).
You want to learn proven strategies and tactics to overcome the challenges that cause you heartburn and headaches.
You want to stop snapping at your family get off the treadmill of stress, fatigue and isolation.
You want to prevent burnout, avoid the emergence of damaging coping strategies and navigate around self-sabotage.
Every aspect of this book combines psychological expertise with decades of entrepreneurial experience.
What will I take away?
- New ways to deal with the freedom, responsibility and existential fear that go along with being an entrepreneur
- How to overcome the single biggest challenge every entrepreneur faces
- How a single shift in mindset can make a lifelong difference in your success, happiness and fulfillment
- Why knowing yourself and where you came from is crucial to your success
- How to succeed as an entrepreneur no matter your personality type
- How to keep stress from ruining your life and relationships
- Identifying and dealing with depression, anxiety, burnout, ADHD and other common psychological burdens
- How to get more things done – and faster – by dealing with procrastination, distraction and muddled priorities
- Staying connected with your significant other, friends and key colleagues
- How to deal with overwhelming success and (seemingly) massive failures
- How to find personal calm in the midst of chaos
- And much more...
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