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You are not alone

Running a small business, especially solo, can be isolating, stressful, and frankly triggering. Nick Pomeroy knows that all too well, which is why he’s vocal in encouraging more of us to talk about our mental health.

Nick took the solo path after heading up a design team. And although he felt supported and cared-for by his previous employer, he’d only begin to realise how stressed he’d become after working for himself.

Things to consider

  • Letting someone know you’re struggling doesn’t mean you’re being a burden.
  • Someone close to you may have seen the signs of stress or burnout before you’d acknowledged them.
  • For Nick, if he’s working late, something’s gone wrong in planning.
  • When you consider that being a solopreneur means being good at your job and also at running a small business, feeling like an imposter might not seem quite so outlandish.
  • Find your own contentment point for work and life.
  • We have to move past “hustle” culture and the idea that men need to “man up”.

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Transcript

00:00:00Mark
I would like to know about your shitty mood, and, and how it's , how it's been this week, your shitty week, I should say. Not your shitty mood. That sounds awful.
00:00:08Nick
It has been a bit of a shitty mood as well, to be fair, so it's absolutely fine.
00:00:11Mark
You're listening to Ear, Brain, Heart, and experiment in showing up. I'm Mark Steadman and I find the mind to be a complex and fascinating ball of yarn. Luckily I'm with someone who's got a good set of fingernails so they can hopefully help …
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