After there were two suicides of startup founders and the sudden death of a third, Kristin Darga created Impact Founder to do whatever she could to help alleviate the feelings of inadequacy, isolation, stress, depression and suicide among founders by sharing real stories of real entrepreneurs’ struggles and successes. Her book, Impact Founder, tells real stories of entrepreneurs to help all of us understand that we are not alone with the challenges. Through Impact Founder, she is on a mission to make sure another entrepreneur isn’t lost due to isolation, feelings of inadequacy, failure, or for any other reason. Self-doubt is part of life and sometimes entrepreneurs face the issue alone and lose their perspective.
I invite you to see yourself somewhere in this book, and potentially more than one place, and take solace in the fact that the person you are relating to survived to tell their story. What this book accomplishes is a look at the range of issues from self-doubt to overwhelm to the internal battles of all kinds that entrepreneurs face.
I am reminded of the definition of courage that is often attributed to our military members... "It's not that we're not scared, it's that we did it anyway." And with that definition in mind, I invite you to come in and share the stories in the book, share your story on our platform, learn from others, help others learn from you, and let's create a real dialogue to make sure that what happened to the three entrepreneurs who inspired this book never happens again.
I am on a mission to make sure we never lose another entrepreneur due to isolation, feelings of inadequacy, failure, or for any other reason. Self-doubt is part of life and sometimes entrepreneurs face the issue alone, and lose their perspective. As the leader of a movement to build real entrepreneurship - to empower entrepreneurs to keep making change in the world and to not give up - I know it is important to share vulnerably. This is the story of what lead me to create Impact Founder™.
About the author
Kristin Darga, Founder of Impact Founder™, is an executive coach who guides and supports entrepreneurs to break the code of what's holding them back from success. 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 an 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.
Why LoA loves it….
As entrepreneurs, we all know that this business building journey we are on can be a tough one, challenging us each and every day, pushing us to the limits and back - ultimately, it can also be a very lonely journey. We all need people around us that can help to keep us on track, to be there when we lose perspective and hope, and to boost our confidence and energy when we need to keep going. This book is an incredibly honest, inspirational platform through which to share stories of those who have made it through the toughest of times and come through the other side in business and in life. It is a great read for all those who sometimes feel the isolation and pressure of choosing this crazy entrepreneurial life and who need to know that it is all possible with perseverance and the right support. --- Melanie Hawken, founder and ceo of Lionesses of Africa