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The Outline by Inc42+: Startup Blues

The Outline by Inc42+: Startup Blues

The constant pressure of innovation and responsibility comes with many pitfalls for entrepreneurs in the modern age

This week's The Outline delves into the mental stress and anxiety that many founders face in day-to-day operations

Will recent high-profile incidents bring the focus on entrepreneurs tackling mental health issues by opening up?


How are you feeling today?

This week has been filled with conversations around depression and mental health following the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Every time a public figure takes their own life, observers are often shocked about how achieving success does not make one impervious to the stress of life. The perception of success among society at-large and the reality is never the same.

Even the most successful and charismatic business leaders have confessed to struggling with mental illnesses and stress. Last year, the death of Cafe Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha highlighted the dark side of entrepreneurship — it is a lonely pursuit. Startup founders have to live by the mantra of ‘move fast and break things’ and this constant pressure of innovation and growth comes with many pitfalls.