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The Upside of Being Down

The Upside of Being Down

How Mental Health Struggles Led to My Greatest Successes in Work and Life

Book - 2020
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"An entertaining, humorous, and inspirational memoir-think #GirlBoss meets Furiously Happy-about harnessing your creativity and embracing your flaws to reach your goals. With humor and heart, ban.do founder Jen Gotch shares the empowering story of her unlikely journey to becoming the creator and CCO of a multimillion-dollar brand. From her childhood in Florida where her early struggles with bipolar disorder were misdiagnosed, to her winding career path as a waitress, photographer, food stylist, and finally, entrepreneur with no business experience, she illuminates how embracing her flaws and understanding the influence of mental illness on her creativity actually led to her greatest successes in business and life. Hilarious, charming, and filled with fascinating insights from her hard-won experience as a true creative and a visionary businesswoman, Gotch's inspirational memoir dares readers to live each day with hope, optimism, kindness, and humor"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2020
ISBN: 9781982108816
1982108819
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 22 cm

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ChinesaR_KCMO Aug 31, 2020

This book was a revelation. As someone who suffers with mental illness, it's nice to be blasted with positivity for a change. Jen's story is real and relatable. She is unafraid to show her experience, and most important for me, unashamed of all parts of herself. The stigma of mental illness can make people feel like they need to be ashamed of their diagnosis or that they need to explain it away with a series of tragic circumstances. Jen shows us that you can be a normal person who just happens to have mental health struggles, and that those struggles don’t have to hinder you if you can learn to rise above them. She shows how you don’t just get over your struggles, but you learn to manage life and can even become the best version of yourself. I recommend this book to anyone who struggles with mental health and/or people who love people with mental health struggles.

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chinesa72
Mar 26, 2020

A must-read for anyone who lives with mental illness and/or people who love someone with mental illness :)

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