(A Poem for The Broke) Mundane Loafers, the Face Cringes to Squeeze Tears Out

Wearing my loafers, scarf down to the knees. All black. Obviously feeling good – obviously looking good. I just finished a good and progressive meeting. 4 PM on a groovy Saturday – restaurants are filled with girls on fleek. Hello girls, can I come join you? But there is only money to get home; therefore it’s the only way I can head.

Get this book for free. ‘The Entrepreneur’s Emotional Toolbox’ by David Chislett

My good friend (and unofficial mentor), David Chislett, has penned a very helpful book.

A few years ago when he was in South Africa to visit his family, we met up. And he gave me some great advice I still carry today. The advice was, if you have actively been executing ideas for years, YOU NEED A BREAK AT SOME POINT. Or you will break and burn.

The title of the book is The Entrepreneur’s Emotional Toolbox.’

And guess WHAT? He is availing it as a free download. Click here to go and download it.

“Whether you are a seasoned entrepreneur, or just thinking about going out on your own, this small book is jam packed with tips and tricks and useful strategies to keep you sane and healthy while making a success of your business idea.

This is not a business advice handbook or pocket MBA. It is designed to help anyone who works for themselves or owns their own business, deal with the very real emotional and psychological challenges that come with being a self-starter in a business world dominated by huge corporates.”

Portrait by Andrew Chislett

At some point, he had reached that pinnacle where he had been executing ideas nonstop, for over ten years. And myself I was approaching that point. He gave me a lot of other tips. They came in handy as I was writing The Anxious Entrepreneur (book).

I’ve known David since 2009 while I was working at Meerkat Media and starting my entrepreneurship journey. He was a freelancer and entrepreneur with many years of experience. I’ve learned a lot from him and everyone in that office since then.

David is, as he says, a writer, trainer and speaker who operates at the intersection of entrepreneurship, creativity and communications.”

Find out more about David Chislett here.

He has written four other books including ‘1, 2, 1, 2: The Step By Step Guide To The SA Music Industry,’ which also is available as a free download (How amazing is that? Tell your music business friends to download it here for free).

Download The Entrepreneur’s Emotional Toolbox.’ You definitely gain a lot from it.

5 Must-Know Entrepreneurship Tips from the ADHD Boss

The following is a contribution from Stefan Taylor, who is a writer and online entrepreneur with ADHD. Stefan blogs at ADHD Boss, which is a website that helps people live a healthier and more productive life with ADHD and anxiety.

South Africa and America

The Science of Cooling Down Your Mental Engine: Gaining Control Over Anxiety and Increasing Creativity/Productivity

Sometimes I literally can feel my mind is overworked – like a car overheating – and frustration and desperation are taking control of my mental engine.

What if like the engine in a car we could turn our mind on and off to cool it down? Or like a computer we can refresh and clear our mental RAM?

Maybe Nonke to Condemners and Ragists Upset Over This Image: Political Correctness Achieves Nothing

 

I first posted this as a Facebook book status. It inspired a series of posts (to come) I will call ‘Soft Economic Absurdist Series.’

I see a lot of people condemning this sort of behavior coloured by this picture. The general sentiment come-rage

The Song ‘Oe Batla Kae / Ko M’kokotlong’ – Its Scientific Effect and 3 Ingredients of Hits

Memeza, memeza. Tholukuthi Hey!

I am at a club in Pretoria sitting next to the VIP section. Then a lady

23/09/2017 – #SelfPublishMe workshop + dialogue on self-publishing books in South Africa #SBIncubator

Here is an event I am facilitating for www.bulabuka.co.za on the 23rd of September 2017.

Entrepreneurs’ Immediate Anxiety Cheat Sheet

(Find JPEG image of this cheat sheet at the bottom of the post)

“I am feeling deeply overwhelmed, a headache is knocking, and I am getting flushes of anxiety. I know I should do the following below but I try to reason that I have important things to get done…”

Where to Get Help for Anxiety, Depression and Suicide

Since publishing ‘The Anxious Entrepreneur’, I’ve been making interesting contacts with people.

I am not a professional anxiety, depression and suicide expert.

If you believe you suffer from anxiety, depression and are having suicidal thoughts, I humbly request that you get help from a trained professional. These are serious conditions you need to attend urgently.

So below follows places to find such help:

SOUTH AFRICA

The organisations below have support groups and/or programmes in various parts of the country. Find out if they do not have support closer to your area.

South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG)

  • Help line: (011) 262-6396 (8am – 8pm, seven days a week)
  • Suicide crisis line: 0800 567 567 or SMS 31393 (8am – 8pm, seven days a week)
  • Website:sadac.org

LifeLine Southern Africa
This is a 24 hour emotional crisis intervention service. It’s free and confidential.

  • National counselling line: 0861-322-322
    Counsellors help callers with challenges such as trauma and suicide.
  • Website: www.lifeline.co.za

INTERNATIONALLY

In each country, there are organisations and support groups that assist people experiencing these conditions. Search and approach them for help. And the prominent ones are mostly free.

If you are in a crisis, I suggest you contact a depression, suicide or emergency helpline in your country.

In any case, here are some online resources you can use (some are free, some are free for the first session and others charge throughout):

7 Cups

Free, anonymous and confidential online text chat with trained listeners, online therapists & counsellors.

Website https://www.7cups.com

Counselo

Assists with depression, sadness and burned out.

Website www.counselo.com

Therapy Tribe

Helps people find great mental health resources like therapists, support groups, wellness tools, as well as an overall sense of community.

Offers a combination of a professional therapist directory as well as self-help wellness resources – all free of charge to the community in need.

Website www.therapytribe.com

Better Help

Convenient, affordable, private online counselling – anytime and anywhere.

Website www.betterhelp.com

Another Source of Depression

I have always been entrepreneurial. On two separate occasions as a kid I had vegetable gardens. On each, my grandmother, and later her daughter (my mother), gave away almost all my produce and thus succeeded in liquidating my intended businesses. I guess my mother got it from her mother – my grandmother gave it to her daughter.

Among the other things I aspired to be was Jean Claude Van Damme. I didn’t want to be Chuck Norris because he had bushy chest hair. I am 30 today, with medium chest hair. It is even turning white.

How my story should be is: he grew up poor, went to university; he then ventured into business, struggled for a bit of time and then became very successful. “He

[My] 7 Top Articles Helpful to Entrepreneurs in Admitting and Dealing With Anxiety and Depression

From all levels of start-up to big success in entrepreneurship, there exists a dark cloud often not talked about. It is anxiety and depression.

At worst, I’ve read stories of very successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs committing suicide.

Entrepreneurship can be gruesome.

You Might Be Preparing to Get Overly Anxious When You Are in Old Age

[Sir] Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones is 73, has a 6 months old son – Deveraux – apparently conceived on tour, with a 29 year old girlfriend. He is still making music and doing other creative stuff.

Yeah, The Rolling Stones make hundreds of millions touring.

One thing I do not want to be is old and broke or poor. It saddens me when I see old people without any or much financial muscle to buy stuff – either alcohol, clothes, food, helping out their children and/or grandchildren. Their strength and mind renders them unfavourable to job – although not all.