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.