What’s the best way to manage your own wellness?

Sam Altman (President at Y Combinator)
Founder Depression – Sam Altman

Most of the founders I know have had seriously dark times, and usually felt like there was no one they could turn to. For whatever its worth, youre not alone, and you shouldn’t be ashamed. You’ll be surprised how much better you feel just by talking to people about the struggles youre facing instead of saying we’re crushing it.

David Jackson (Founder, Seeking Alpha)
Does Amazon prove that greatness and work-life balance are incompatible? | A Founder’s Notebook

Greatness in any area requires extreme dedication, drive and commitment to success. This is true of scholarship, art, music, sport, parenting, and building personal character, as much as technology innovation and business.

Herbert Lui (Creative Director, Wonder Shuttle)
Why you should take a walk at 3pm | A Founder’s Notebook

Every day at around 3PM, my brain gets weary. I’ve tried numerous techniques to counter this challenge. Yet I’ve found one technique to be the most effective: going for a walk. The longest stroll I’ve taken is around 10 minutes, and I just wander around the block.

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
Get Lucky – AVC

So it was with interest that I read this post about some research a psychologist named Richard Wiseman did on lucky and unlucky people. Wiseman concludes that luck (and unluck) is a function of state of mind (positive vs negative), being open minded, and trusting your gut. Here’s the money quote from the post: “My research revealed that lucky people generate good fortune via four basic principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance … (read more)

David Jackson (Founder, Seeking Alpha)
Is this the way to make you and your team more creative? | A Founder’s Notebook

Most earlier discussions about napping, such as the foundational NASA study, reported improved performance. Brian Halligan, in contrast, reports increased creativity as well.

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
Write It Down – AVC

If you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night and thinking about work and not able to go back to sleep, I highly recommend the writing it down trick. It works well for me and I suspect it may work well for you too.

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
Getting Knocked Down – AVC

I’ve never met a successful entrepreneur who didn’t get knocked down in the ring at least once or twice. I told him that you can read all you want and get all the advice and coaching that is available and you still will not learn the hard lessons that one has to learn to become best in class at what you do. I’ve come to the conclusion that you have to learn some things the hard way to really learn them well.

Bill Trenchard (Partner at First Round)
70% of Time Could Be Used Better – How the Best CEOs Get the Most Out of Every Day | First Round Review

1. The seven-minute workout. It’s scientifically proven. The New York Times has spoken. You do 12 exercises in seven minutes and it works. 2. Take walking meetings. Almost everyone has one-on-one meetings. Suggest taking a walk instead of sitting in a conference room or a coffee shop. 3. Ask for a standing desk. Most offices now accommodate these requests. They’ve been proven to reduce risks of heart disease and cancer and boost mood and alertnes… (read more)

Mark Suster (Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures)
Download • Snapchat

You’ve gotta find a way to pull yourself up by your socks and give yourself confidence

Mark Suster (Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures)
Download • Snapchat

Find a group of your peers and host regular meetings with a group of your peers that has a zone of confidence and trust.

Eric Barker (Founder at StubHub)
How to sleep better to raise your productivity | A Founder’s Notebook

Forget the morning alarm clock; set an alarm to remind you when to go to bed.

David Jackson (Founder, Seeking Alpha)
The psychology of startup founders | A Founder’s Notebook

I wonder whether as CEOs and managers we underestimate the importance of talking about personal issues.

Ben Erez (Product at Breeze)
22 Mistakes I Made as a First Time Founder — Viabilify

I thought at the time that my personal life was separate than my work life, but that’s not true in entrepreneurship. When you’re building a company, the various parts of your life have a way of all meshing together into a think blend that doesn’t let you tell one part from the other.

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
Monday Morning Quarterbacking – AVC

Being the CEO of a highly public company (whether it is traded privately or publicly) is particularly hard. You are constantly getting criticized and talked about in the press/blogs/communities. I respect the people who take these jobs. And I root for them to succeed. It’s about the hardest job you can have.

David Jackson (Founder, Seeking Alpha)
Startup founder? You should be meeting with other founders | A Founder’s Notebook

You should be meeting with other founders

David Heinemeier Hansson (Partner at Basecamp)
Sleep deprivation is not a badge of honor — Signal v. Noise — Medium

trying to extract 110% performance from today when that means having only 70% performance available tomorrow is a bad deal. You end up with just 77% of your available peak. Bad trade.

Ben Erez (Product at Breeze)
22 Mistakes I Made as a First Time Founder — Viabilify

I would find myself pitching anyone from bartenders to my high school Chemistry teacher. I was seeking approval in all the wrong places and ended up trapped in an echo chamber where anyone who didn’t “get it” was immediately distanced by me. In hindsight, I should have embraced raised brows and let them stay raised. The energy is takes to pitch well is a precious and rare resource which must be spent only on very carefully chosen recipients.

Slava Akhmechet (Founder at RethinkDB)
57 startup lessons

Every once in a while, get away. Go hiking, visit family in another city, go dancing, play chess, tennis, anything. It will make you more effective and make the people around you happier.

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
Gmail Meter – AVC

tried out a new service this past week called Gmail Meter. It’s a free analytics service that tells you stuff about how you use Gmail. It is brought to market by the folks at ShuttleCloud, which does archive and data migration for cloud services. It’s a way for them to get to know folks who might become ShuttleCloud customers in the future.
I learned a few things. I get 6,470 legit emails a month from 1293 different senders. I send/reply to 2,6… (read more)