Thursday evening, one of my business buddies tagged me in a post about a struggle I know all too well. Here’s what she wrote:
“I think it’s important to talk about these things as people and biz owners. I’m having a rough time, and I think my recurring depression has been hitting me hard.
I’ve cried and had some dark thoughts this week. Thoughts that I wasn’t cut out for this, that I’m a fake, that I don’t have anything important to say. That the people that like me just like a person I’ve cultivated, that no one could actually ever tolerate who I “really” am.
Even that I’d be better off dead.
I don’t have anything encouraging to say right now about it. I’m still IN the blackness, still fighting some of those thoughts. I know that I will not allow my depression to define me.
I just want others to know they’re not alone. #EndtheStigma
((Note:: I am not in any immediate danger. I have had depression for long enough to acknowledge the self-harm/suicidal thoughts and be able to allow them to pass.))”
Heavy, right…Can you relate?
This friend doesn’t identify as Black or African-American. However, I recorded this response to her with you in mind (link is below).
Depression is a common challenge entrepreneurs experience. There’s even a name for this dark side of entrepreneurship- “Founder’s Blues”
As Black women, we aren’t immune. Two prominent entrepreneurs, Miss Jessie’s CEO-Titi Branch, and Creator of “For Brown Girls” & #DarkSkinRedLipProject-Karyn Washington committed suicide.
For my CEO sisters living with depression, here’s a personal message for you:
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Peace & love,
Quanisha is the Founder & Executive Coach of Black Woman CEO, a global hub that has reached over 20,000 people since its launch in July 2015. Black Woman CEO provides high impact and culturally relevant programs for highly-educated Black women who are ready to get known & paid well for their unique expertise.
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