The Bootstrapped Founder

Arvid Kahl

Arvid Kahl talks about starting and bootstrapping businesses, how to build an audience, and how to build in public. read less

179: Founder Mental Health Pitfalls
06-01-2023
179: Founder Mental Health Pitfalls
This week I chatted with Patrick Campbell about his exit of ProfitWell to Paddle for $200 million. One of the most mind-blowing things that I experienced during that conversation was hearing Patrick tell me that he feels he needs to build something else to prove that his exit -$200 million- was not just a fluke.I did not expect that, but I should have because I feel the same way all the time. And the more founders I talk to, whatever stage of their journey they might be on, I hear them tell me the same story too. Whether they just started out or sold their business for millions a few years ago, they still struggle with who they are, what they should be doing, and proving themselves and their worth to others.00:00:00 Intro00:00:29 Sponsor00:01:44 Introduction00:02:50 Balancing Parenting & Business00:04:58 Overthinking00:06:22 Addictions00:08:03 Dealing with Failure00:09:45 Not delegating can lead to anxiety00:11:13 Burnout & Dreading Loss00:12:49 Navigating imposter syndrome when others appear successful00:14:44 Second-guessing decisions and dealing with incomplete data00:16:29 Underestimating and Judging Yourself00:18:14 Debilitating Shiny Object Syndrome 00:19:54 Feeling guilty for taking a break00:21:09 Underwhelming Sales00:24:03 Outro- Founder Mental Health Pitfalls- Find your Following, my Twitter course — now with Find your Following Essentials, the 7-day Twitter crash course- Zero to Sold & The Embedded Entrepreneur, my books on entrepreneurshipThis episode is sponsored by Senja.You can also watch this episode as a video on YouTube.