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    He’s Choosing Eating Out Over A Place To Live

    enSeptember 21, 2023

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    • Personal Experience of Unemployment and Mental Health StrugglesDespite unemployment and mental health struggles, prioritize self-care and find joy in life

      Unemployment and mental health struggles can significantly impact an individual's life and job search. Chris Souss, a 39-year-old former Facebook program manager, shared his personal experience of being let go during the tech industry layoffs and dealing with depression and anxiety throughout his life. After a series of challenging events, he made the decision to use his savings and live the next six months as if they were his last. Despite the initial intention of ending his life, he instead traveled, tried new experiences, and ultimately found a renewed desire to live. Although he has faced numerous challenges, including a difficult therapy experience and a recent breakup, he encourages others to prioritize their mental health and find joy in life, even during difficult times. The tech industry's job market may be improving, but for those struggling with mental health issues, the job search can be a daunting and lengthy process. It's essential to remember that mental health is just as important as professional success and that taking care of oneself is crucial during challenging times.

    • From Homeless to Well-Paying Job: The Power of OpportunityEven in the toughest situations, opportunities for change and improvement can arise. Prioritize health and well-being for ongoing growth and transformation.

      Even in the darkest of situations, opportunities for change and improvement can arise. The interviewee, despite being homeless and living in his car, managed to secure a well-paying job through a random email from Facebook. However, the journey to better mental and physical health is an ongoing process. Despite feeling isolated and struggling with self-perception, the interviewee acknowledges the importance of prioritizing health and well-being, even when it may seem difficult or unimportant. It's essential to remember that everyone's journey to health and happiness is unique, and it's never too late to make positive changes. The interviewee's story serves as a reminder that even in the most challenging circumstances, there is always the potential for growth and transformation.

    • Connecting with resources for mental health supportReach out to the National Emergency Hotline 988 for mental health help, surround yourself with supportive people, and explore new cities and resources for personal growth.

      Mental health is important and there are resources available for those who need it. The National Emergency Hotline for mental health, 988, connects callers to regional resources, ensuring help is close by. The speaker, who deals with anxiety, expressed gratitude for being surrounded by supportive people and encouraged anyone struggling to reach out for help. Additionally, the speaker discussed her experiences with moving and adapting to a new city, Austin, and the challenges she faced in making new connections. She mentioned her love for country music and sports as reasons to stay, but also acknowledged her desire to make a mark and the potential of her podcast, the Royalty Pod, as a means to do so. The speaker also shared her positive experience with SoFi, a financial services company, mentioning their high-yield savings account with a competitive interest rate and bonuses for new customers as reasons for her switch. She encouraged listeners to check out her affiliate link for more information. Overall, the conversation touched on mental health, personal growth, and the importance of support systems, both in-person and through various resources, including podcasts and financial services.

    • Finding enjoyment and adapting to meet audience needsStarted podcast for fun, evolved production, unique dynamic, faced financial challenges, remained hopeful and continued to adapt

      Creating a successful podcast involves finding enjoyment in the process and continually evolving to meet the audience's needs. The speakers started their podcast for fun and have seen it grow from a raw format to a more polished production. They connect weekly and have a unique dynamic as a gay and straight duo. Financially, one speaker has had to rely on retirement funds and a severance package after being let go from a job, and they've had to be resourceful in managing expenses. They've lost a significant amount of potential future wealth by withdrawing from their retirement accounts, but they remain hopeful and continue to apply for jobs. Overall, their passion for their podcast and their ability to adapt have helped them overcome challenges and find success.

    • Pursuing Better Opportunities While Juggling ResponsibilitiesDespite financial constraints and employment contracts, it's crucial to prioritize and pursue better job opportunities and address financial debts, all while maintaining current employment and seeking personal growth.

      Even with limited resources and a challenging financial situation, it's essential to prioritize and pursue better job opportunities while maintaining current employment. The speaker shared their experience of applying to various jobs, including tech, retail, and food service. They highlighted the importance of being honest with employers about the need for a short notice, as the employment contract doesn't obligate prolonged service. Additionally, the speaker discussed their significant credit card debt, acknowledging the need to address it as soon as possible. They also touched upon their therapy sessions and how it has helped them deal with anxiety and performing in front of large audiences. The conversation emphasized the importance of taking steps towards financial stability and personal growth, even if it means juggling multiple responsibilities.

    • Mental health impacts social and financial lifeStruggling with mental health can lead to isolation, anxiety, financial stress, and difficulty making new connections. Seeking professional help and exploring resources like apps and treatments can be beneficial.

      Mental health issues can significantly impact various aspects of an individual's life, including their social connections and financial situation. The person in this conversation expresses feelings of isolation and anxiety, which prevent them from leaving their house and making new friends. They've considered using apps like Bumble BFF to meet new people but haven't tried it yet. Their therapist encourages them to get out and socialize, but they struggle with following through due to their mental health. The person's financial situation is also a concern, with high fees on their credit cards and a reliance on Uber Eats and other deliveries. They're dealing with multiple credit cards and are struggling to pay them off. The person mentions using antidepressants and previously trying ketamine treatments for their mental health. Overall, it's clear that their mental health is a major barrier to improving their social and financial situations, and they would benefit from working with mental health experts to address these issues.

    • Mental health impacts our financial decisionsMental health affects our ability to engage in activities and make financial decisions. Prioritize self-care and seek professional help to improve overall well-being and productivity.

      Mental health plays a significant role in our ability to engage in activities and make financial decisions. The speaker shared their personal struggle with depression, anxiety, and self-image issues that make it difficult for them to attend events or make purchases, even when they have the means. They emphasized that this is not an excuse or justification, but a reality that individuals dealing with mental health issues must face. The speaker also mentioned the importance of addressing mental and physical health to increase productivity and longevity. They suggested taking a break to focus on these aspects and returning with renewed energy to pursue goals. Ultimately, the speaker encouraged prioritizing self-care and seeking professional help when needed to improve overall well-being.

    • Overcoming Anxiety and Budgeting for a Job HuntRecognizing mental health and budgeting are crucial during a job search, setting guidelines for spending, and seeking resources for managing anxiety and personal information.

      Finding a job in person can help with social anxiety and provide a sense of purpose, but managing mental health and budget are crucial. The speaker acknowledges their anxiety and the potential for avoiding work due to it, but expresses a desire to push through and secure a job. They also recognize the need to address addictive tendencies, such as gambling and excessive spending on food. To achieve their goal, they plan to focus on mental health, securing a job, finding a cheaper place to live, and taking control of their budget. They suggest setting guidelines, such as allocating no more than 50% of take-home pay to necessities, and working to pay off debts. Additionally, they recommend exploring resources like Aura to help manage unwanted calls and protect personal information.

    • Protecting your personal information and overall well-beingSecure your personal data, prioritize mental and physical health, and invest a minimum of 30% of income once you have an emergency fund.

      Taking care of your overall well-being is crucial before focusing on financial goals. Legally, brokers are required to remove your personal information upon request, but it can be a challenging process. Aura, a comprehensive digital security platform, can help simplify this process and protect you from various online threats. Once you have a fully funded emergency fund, aim to invest at least 30% of your income. Additionally, consider activities like going to the gym or joining support groups for mental and physical health benefits. Remember, your mental and physical health are essential, and taking care of yourself should be a priority. When you're ready, you can explore financial topics like investing.

    • Prioritize Self-Care Financially Before Helping Others or InvestingFocus on saving and financial stability before investing or helping others, address mental health, and consider high-yield savings accounts and good investment platforms.

      It's essential to prioritize taking care of yourself financially before trying to help others or invest in projects. The speaker shares his personal experience of draining his savings to fund his podcast, but later realized the importance of saving and giving to charity from a position of financial stability. He advises against continuing to invest in a project when you're in a financially precarious situation. Additionally, he emphasizes the importance of addressing mental health issues before focusing on financial goals. The speaker received a low Hammer financial score due to lack of savings, retirement planning, and debt. However, he encourages listeners to invest in resources like high-yield savings accounts and good investment platforms. The speaker also offers a $100 reward for the most viewed TikTok or YouTube short using a clip from this video.

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