Have you ever hurt somebody and felt really bad about it? That's a healthy and natural response that helps us not do it again in the future. And after my suicide attempt, where I drove head-on into another vehicle at 60 mph, I began healing and it sunk in that there was another person in the car hit. I knew from the police that he was alive, but I wanted to meet him and apologize for everything face-to-face with him. I wanted to show him how guilty I felt and how I was turning the bad experience into something that can help others.
We’ve all been there. The alarm goes off and immediately you hit the snooze button. This happens at least five times before you stumble out of bed and wearily go about your day. I was the same way, but I didn’t want to be. So I've spent the last few years trying to figure out how to get the most out of my morning and wake up with energy.
That day. The day of my attempt. When I was racing down the road in my van looking for a way to end my life, I couldn't think of one single reason to keep living. Not one. And so this is what I'd like to present to you today. Three simple reasons for you to keep living and fight your depression.
When people think of why some businesses are successful, they usually look to the founder for answers. But in my journey of entrepreneurship, I've discovered something that could be even more important than having a brilliant owner.
The CDC just released the new "Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance — United States, 2015" report! This assesses the types of dangers that high school students face. You can find the 2015 report here and 2013 report here if you'd like to take a look at them yourself. But I've broken down and compared a few aspects of the two reports for you so you don't have to look through these lengthy (180 pages) documents if you don't have time.
One of top questions parents ask me is, "How do I know if my child's depressed?" And that's a very difficult one to answer because many teens, including myself, don't vocalize their feelings, especially us guys.
You can find a symptom list here, but let me go a bit deeper and elaborate about the small things that can tip you off.
If you haven't heard already, I was interviewed by one of the top business podcasts online, Entrepreneur on Fire! You can find the episode here. I had a great time chatting with the host, John Lee Dumas (aka JLD), and I want to share with you my biggest takeaways from the interview.