(…) When I ask people what the most difficult thing is about being a founder, CEO, VC or otherwise high-achieving individual, some answers are this: hiring, fund-raising, sales, building the team, etc. What I’ve learned time and again this year especially, is that this is not the case. The hardest of hard things to deal with for all these people (including myself, when I work with my own coach), no matter the level of success, is the perpetual, ever-recurring loop of mental chatter, difficult emotions and body sensations. To frame differently, it’s our capacity to be with what’s alive and right in front of us, whether we like that or not in any given moment. (…)

I coached 101 CEOs, founders, VCs and other executives in 2019: These are the biggest takeaways