WHY EUSTRESSIN'?: MALCOLM LEMMONS
Athletes are talented, but along with the talent comes various aspects of the game that many people do not recognize. Malcolm is making waves as he addresses the athlete as a person. It was dope to sit down with him to discuss how he adds Eustress to his life. Check it out!
HEY MALCOLM, WHY EUSTRESSIN’?
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING/ HOW LONG?
Founder and CEO of Players Point Agency which is a branding and marketing agency. Also, the host of the Players Point Podcast and author of the book Lessons from the Game.
DO YOU EVER THINK ABOUT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH IN YOUR PROFESSION?
Absolutely, I believe that it is prevalent in all professions, but most definitely within entrepreneurship. Everyone thinks it's the "cool" thing to do nowadays, but it can come with a lot of stress.
WHAT UNIQUE CHALLENGES DO YOU ENCOUNTER SPECIFICALLY FOR YOUR JOB THAT HAS AN IMPACT ON YOUR MENTAL HEALTH THAT OTHERS MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT?
The constant stress and pressure of entrepreneurship. The uncertainty of things happening when you want them to happen and balancing so many roles at once.
When did you realize that you should also consider your mental health when taking on day-to-day activities?
Probably about a year and a half ago. I've always had trouble controlling my anger and reacting impulsively but sense I've gotten a better understanding of where its coming from, I've been able to properly address it and deal with it.
HOW DO YOU MANAGE THOSE STRESSORS ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS?
I've tried making meditating, working out and walking apart of my daily routine. Sometimes just taking time to myself to regroup and decompress not only helps me be more productive, but it also relieves the additional pressure that I sometimes put on myself.
HOW DOES BEING MENTALLY HEALTHY HELP IN YOUR FIELD OF WORK OR ON THE JOB?
It allows me to approach my work with a positive attitude and also maintain a sense of clarity and productiveness.
WHAT DOES EUSTRESS LOOK LIKE FOR YOU AT WORK? AT HOME/AWAY FROM WORK?
Taking breaks when I need to and not forcing myself to get things done. I think we live in a society that so predicated on the fact that you have to work 24/7 to be successful. You definitely have to work hard, not to detriment of your mental health and saniity.
WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD TELL SOMEONE JUST STARTING IN YOUR PROFESSION OR A YOUNG PERSON WHO ASPIRES TO BE THE PROFESSIONAL THAT YOU ARE?
With entrepreneurship and being in the people business, you'll definitely experience a lot of ups and downs. Managing your expectations and understanding that nothing happens overnight is crucial to achieving any level of success.
HOW CAN PEOPLE CONTACT YOU FOR MORE INFORMATION?