Fighting depression… complexity is the enemy of success

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching

Oct 11

You know what I’ve found? Getting clarity in your life matters (a lot).

Here’s how I help people do that (feel free to pass this on): [I highlighted the big depression-fighters in my experience in bold]

  1. getting their business model right (GTBMR) for both a successful PB4L, personal business for life, and/or an above-average performing real estate investing enterprise,
  2. narrowing their focus to what works, gaining direction, and dumping everything else—KISS, keep it simple,
  3. maintaining that focus for long periods of time and treating all other matters as distractions (basically, hobbies not work-related, and learning to use a magic little word, which is “No” when called for),
  4. gaining confidence and belief in themselves,
  5. reinforcing when they’re on the right track and when they’re not so they don’t waste 2, 3, 5 or more years on a model that just won’t work and ultimately fails,
  6. making sure they have both a mission and purpose in their lives to give them meaning and direction as well as securely knowing their place in a wider world, so they feel like they belong to something bigger than themselves,
  7. matching their skills to their work so they feel like a round peg in a round hole,
  8. making sure they’re not accepting second rate performances from others or from themselves—being the “best version of you, you can be,” resisting the seven deadly sins (pride/vanity, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed and sloth) and not comparing themselves to others,
  9. being able to live within their means and pay their bills—not always worrying about every unexpected expense—developing what Prof Bruce’s dad (professor OJ Firestone called an “iron reserve” to get them through lean times), and being in a position to giveback to their fellow human being and society as a whole,
  10. having people around them in both their personal lives and professional ones that they trust completely and who are positive and supportive,
  11. finding a creative outlet that is also not a distraction,
  12. getting some exercise, proper sleep, nutrition, access to natural sunlight and the outdoors to fight depression, moodiness, temper…
  13. unplugging, from time-to-time, from their smart phones and social media, and developing real friendships as well as a closeness with their families,
  14. making sure they get up each and every day and go to work with a positive mindset,
  15. passing on their knowledge, IP and property so that they can take not only of themselves but also their families—for at least three generations.

Prof Bruce

Bruce M Firestone, B Eng (civil), M Eng-Sci, PhD

Real Estate Investment and Business coach

ROYAL LePAGE Performance Realty broker

Ottawa Senators founder





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Bruce is an entrepreneur/real estate broker/developer/coach/urban guru/keynote speaker/Sens founder/novelist/columnist/peerless husband/dad.