Trauma as a Catalyst for Growth with Mark Monchek

Jun 28, 2023

At first glance, trauma may seem unrelated to success, but studies have shown that the majority of entrepreneurs experience some form of mental health difficulty that stems from a life-changing event.

Joining us to discuss how people survive or thrive as a result of trauma and whether or not it can be a catalyst for growth is Mark Monchek. You’ll learn how trauma and entrepreneurship intersect and impact one’s capacity for achievement. We examine the role of relationships, daily practices like meditation, and unconventional treatments like psychedelic-assisted therapy. Mark also makes the distinction between traumatic events and the stories we tell ourselves about them, which inform how we allow trauma to affect our lives, for better or worse.

Thankfully, there’s more conversation about trauma and mental health issues than ever before, and we hope this episode creates awareness and provides you with valuable resources to help you heal from trauma and live your best life!

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Defining trauma and entrepreneurship and how they intersect.
  • Differentiating between the experience of trauma and the story we tell ourselves about it.
  • How the age at which trauma is experienced impacts one’s capacity for achievement.
  • The role of relationships in facilitating trauma-to-transformation healing.
  • Insight into psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and its benefits.
  • Helpful resources and advice if you’re considering psychedelic-assisted therapy.
  • Mark’s experience with ketamine therapy and why he views his inner work as a continuum.
  • Daily practices that promote healing, including meditation, exercise, and connection.
  • Benefits of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.
  • An invitation to reach out to Mark via email for additional resources.

Transcript: Here

Additional Resources:





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Links Mentioned:

‘Are Entrepreneurs Touched with Fire?’

‘Why Americans Feel More Pain’

Rick Doblin

How to Change Your Mind

Nushama Psychedelic Wellness Center

Sharon Spano:








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