In this episode, Kristin Darga, founder of Impact Founder, talks about mental and emotional health, and working with entrepreneurs struggling with depression and feelings of inadequacy and failure.
Through her work, Kristin Darga, Founder of Impact Founder™, saw the need for a community where founders could connect and share their stories of success and failures. After her ex-boyfriend almost took his life and she heard about a number of founder suicides, Kristin took action and created Impact Founder, a global multi-media movement to create authentic entrepreneurship community. This growing community supports and empowers entrepreneurs to combat isolation through connection and support each other through the struggles to make a lasting impact.
She has a multitude of experience as a founder, executive director, and manager with nonprofits, startups and corporations, including Sony Pictures Entertainment.
During her training, she studied with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition©. including Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University. The program at the Institute for Integrative nutrition covers over 100 dietary theories, innovative coaching and practical lifestyle management techniques. She has also furthered her education by training with Landmark Worldwide.
(03:08) When you hear the word successful, who’s the first person that comes to mind?
(03:44) Can you explain that a little bit? What does that way (of being successful) kind of look like? How does somebody develop that?
I was taught at a young age that every single person is a human and that they’re the same.
(04:42) Do you think that’s something that a leader typically has inherent in them, at least to begin with, and then that is developed? Or it’s completely something that is based on a customized approach?
(07:40) Kristin’s background
(09:02) What’s been your takeaway from both of your parents as far as traits that you have or things that you look up to that you try to incorporate in the way you live your life?
(09:36) Growing up, were you an athlete, were you always entrepreneurial? What were you doing in your formative years? Or your interests?
(10:45) Was there a person, or a moment or a series of moments that started to get you thinking about how entrepreneurship could be a pathway for you?
(12:41) Before venturing off to do the work that you’re doing now, what was your line of work prior to this?
(14:25) Tell us about the adversity moment or series of moments that got you focused on this idea (of Impact Founder).
People are really struggling. Entrepreneurship isn’t just sexy.
(18:38) How are you helping entrepreneurs now work on their mental health?
Success is a challenge.
(19:57) Do you have any people you’ve worked with that you’d use as a potential case study, like somebody that you made an impact with? People that you worked with that are doing exceptionally well because of the work that you’ve done with them?
(21:36) Feeling of relief is such an interesting emotion to talk through. What do you think that stems from? Just being able to have people around that have similar issues?
(22:07) What’s next in your journey? What’s next for the book? What’s next for Impact Founder?
(23:30) How can the audience support the work that you’re doing? Where can they find the book?
(25:24) If there’s one entrepreneur listening to this podcast, what would be one takeaway for them that you would suggest or recommend, if they’re struggling with depression, mental health, feeling lonely? What would you recommend?
I really understand that my life is created by me.