WARNING: Deeply personal episode delving into topics many of you will find familiar and very uncomfortable to discuss. A bit of a look into the ugly mirror around success, ambition, and painful personal growth.
“When we don’t put the brakes on our self-absorption, we have nothing stopping us from total self-destruction. We become the fruits of our actions.” ~ Zeena Schreck
Ian Koniak has the t-shirt – $100m in sales at Salesforce, at the time, their highest ever performing salesperson … and he was miserable and on a path to self-destruction. Fortunately, Ian caught himself at rock bottom when everything looked perfect on the surface. But underneath, he was going through a personal crisis that had him behaving in ways he hated, and that ate into his self-concept.
“Self destroyer, wreck your health, destroy friends, destroy yourself. The time device of self-destruction, lies, confusion, start eruption.” ~ Ray Davies
We explore mental health and top performers, the danger of becoming complicit in creating the destructive conditions because of culture, peer pressure and competitive short-term thinking driven by greed and fear. We explore how the money behind an organisation permeates the culture and affects its people.
A frank, highly charged conversation that talks in depth about success and the personal toll the wrong mental state can lead to when you achieve success. We talk values, faith, love and friendship, responsibility and locus of control. Buckle up. It’s a goodie.