A Mental Health Break

Moving Past Depression to Become Uniquely Normal with Matt Lesser

November 10, 2023 Vincent A. Lanci/ Matt Lesser Season 15 Episode 6
A Mental Health Break
Moving Past Depression to Become Uniquely Normal with Matt Lesser
Show Notes

"Within months, the business failed and I went through a dark, suicidal depression..." Matt Lesser has a story to share: "I grew up in a small, lake community in northeast Indiana. We moved there because my dad had an opportunity to buy into a wholesale oil distributorship.

Growing up in a town of 700, living with a family business, and attending a small, Christian school (my graduating class had 7) gave me a very narrow, sheltered view of life. I quickly realized how sheltered my life had been!..."

Additional areas discussed include:
-regular retreats for him and his employees with no technology 
-powers of solitude and silence
-getting reflective and planning inward
-having a support circle
-recognizing when you are getting drained 
-how journaling can change your life

After college, I moved to Florida for a short while. Realizing that was not what I wanted, I moved back to Indiana, proposed to my elementary school sweetheart (we met in 3rd grade and dated from our Junior year of high school on), and were married in 1996. 

Thinking I would pursue a Master's, my career took an unexpected turn. Instead of resigning, which I attempted, my dad left...and turned the business over to me. 

Thinking I could do anything because I was 25, arrogant, and prideful, I was about to experience reality. Within months, the business failed and I went through a dark, suicidal depression. Nearly a year later, a new business was born from the ashes, and nearly 12 years later that business was sold. In 2021, I finally jumped "all in" into my own business, after being told by many whom I had worked with over the years that I needed to do this."

Link to his episode on Writing with Authors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5pBn7-N8aM&t=3s

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