After having a nationally televised panic attack on ABC World news Dan Harris knew he had to make a change. In front of 5 million people Dan couldn’t get his words out. The stress literally forced him to stop. You can see the video here.
After his anxiety attack, Dan decided to stop what he was doing and go on a journey to meet self-help gurus which ultimately led him to meditation.
The thing he realized through meditation was that the very thing he always saw as his biggest asset; the voice in his head that pushed him through the ranks of a highly competitive industry was the same thing that had caused him the attack.
You can’t detect how stressed you are by how you feel. It just doesn’t work that way. Adrenaline feels good even though it may be killing you. People like Gary Vaynerchuk who claim to love the hustle because it makes them feel alive has missed this point. I’ve seen it time and time again with business executives and entrepreneurs running around hustling every chance they get until one day they have no testosterone left.
Of course working hard is important but the always-on-the-go “hustling” attitude may make you a lot of money but it’s often at the expense of more important things in life like your health and family. The trick is to find the right balance that maximizes all aspects of your life.
Also published on Medium.