Benjamin Foley left a 6-figure job in management consulting after being almost destroyed by anxiety and depression. He knew he had only 2 choices; to change his life or to remain on the same path and be destroyed. Fortunately he made the decision to take action and change his path to become a writer and entrepreneur, immersing himself in a healthier lifestyle with a focus on mindfulness. He is now the founder of Fully Rich Life, a blog that is focused on helping men decrease stress and anxiety, find more focus, and be more present. He also writes for various top-rated publications including NY Observer, CNBC, Thought Catalog, and Medium and is read by over 200,000 readers a month on topics including anxiety, healthy eating and mindset. Benjamin also helps businesses tell better stories with strategies that are truly authentic. I am thrilled to share this time with the inspiring, prolific writer, Benjamin Foley.
- Website: www.FullyRichLife.com
- Twitter: @Benjamin_Foley
Most Influential Person
- Tim JP Collins, host of The Anxiety Podcast
- Oliver Sacks, Author of Gratitude
Effect on Emotions
- Mindfulness has helped me understand them [my emotions] and has helped me detach from the stories that they tell.
Thoughts on Breathing
- Breathing has made a huge difference. It’s helped me stop panic attacks years ago and now it helps me gain energy when I need it.
- Book: Gratitude by Oliver Sacks
- App: Headspace / Calm
- I was a bully growing up, especially in elementary school. Mindfulness would have been so huge.
- Living and growing up in a very, very conservative, Christian environment is probably a lead driver of a lot of anxiety in America. I felt like I had no control at home because I didn’t really believe what they believed so they didn’t accept me.
- I needed to be accepted by somebody. I needed to be powerful over somebody.
- Mindfulness would have been huge, just understanding that we’re all kids and we’re all part of this thing that we call the human condition. You’re not better than them.
- We kinda had a gang in elementary school and we thought we were more important than we were, for third graders. I spent a lot of time in the Principal’s office. Definitely not something proud to look back on but something that …
- I love working with kids now.
- There is nothing I can do to change the past. Like we talk about in meditation and mindfulness, we can only be here.
- And so what can I do today to be the best that I can and make today better than yesterday.