Wired This Way: On Finding Mental, Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual Well-Being as a Creator


Wired This Way explores why mental health issues, burnout, and stress-related illness among entrepreneurs are not due to weakness, but to a rich inner complexity that’s prone to imbalance. Using tools of self-study, entrepreneurs can harness all that they are—their light and dark—to create with health and fulfillment.

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Creators are wired complexly. In their lightest moments, they are passionate, ambitious, intuitive, and possess a host of other bright qualities. But entrepreneurial spirits are often victim of a darker side of their nature: they are particularly prone to mental health issues, stress-related illness, and other vulnerabilities of mind, body, and spirit. The media has breathlessly chronicled the peaks and valleys of today’s creators—glorifying their strengths and villainizing their weaknesses—not realizing that the light and dark within entrepreneurs are two sides of the same coin. Wired This Way explores why the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual distress among creators is not an indication of brokenness, but of a rich inner complexity that’s prone to imbalance. A creator’s struggles and strengths are one in the same, and the solution doesn’t come from without, but from within. Using the wisdom of 10 creator archetypes found within the entrepreneurial spirit—the Curious, Sensitive, Ambitious, Disruptive, Empowered, Fiery, Orderly, Charming, Courageous, and Existential Creator—readers will learn how to integrate their light and dark qualities for mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. Rooted in psychology, neuroscience, mindfulness, and ancient wisdom traditions, Wired This Way is a user’s manual for self-understanding, self-acceptance, and self-care as an entrepreneurial spirit. 

Table of Contents

Foreword: Fuel, Fire, or Both? By: Andy Dunn

Introduction: Will the Creators Be All Right?

Part I The Wiring

1: Potential in Chaos

2: Not So Faulty Wiring

3: Creator, Interrupted

Part II The Creators

4: The Curious Creator―Openness to Experience

5: The Sensitive Creator―Intuition

6: The Ambitious Creator―Achievement Motivation

7: The Disruptive Creator―Disagreeability

8: The Empowered Creator―Ego

9: The Fiery Creator―Passion

10: The Orderly Creator―Conscientiousness

11: The Charming Creator―Charisma

12: The Courageous Creator―Optimism

13: The Existential Creator―SelfActualization

Part III The Way

14: Caring for Complex Wiring

Afterword: Entrepreneurs Are Vulnerable; Buffering Entrepreneurship Benefits Everyone By: Michael A. Freeman MD

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