New Ventures, Fluctuating Emotions and Challenges to Wellbeing
We know that interest in entrepreneurship and self-employment is growing. Amid the celebrated stories of success, or ‘failing fast’ much is made of the positive aspects of entrepreneurial culture - creativity and innovation, autonomy and independence, crafting a working life around one’s distinct interests and sense of purpose.
Research has shown that entrepreneurs work long hours, experience great problems balancing work and family, and suffer from financial stress. The high pressure contexts of startups can be associated with other, lesser discussed experiences, such as declining physical and mental health; conflict between founders and within teams; and poor separation between work and personal life. When unaddressed, these can lead to anxiety, depression and burnout.
Come listen to visiting Professor Maw Der Foo present some of the latest research on entrepreneurship and well being and Sydney based entrepreneur Avis Mulhall speak to her own experience on the topic and her new initiative to address these challenges.