The drive to succeed can be both an asset and a liability to our quality of life. Some ladders we find ourselves climbing may not always be healthy for our well-being or those around us. Stress can take its toll. In a world obsessed by hyper-productivity, it’s all too easy to become hooked on chasing the next accomplishment without ever finding fulfilment. Founder and CEO of her own successful market research company, Claire Booth was driven by ambition and competition, yet plagued by feelings of inadequacy and a sense that she was never enough despite her constant striving. Booth calls this condition "achiever fever." Recognizing that it was making her miserable, Booth set herself on quest to find relief and cool the heat.
Claire Booth and Face2Face host David Peck talk about her new book The Achiever Fever Cure, mood disorders, staying present, insomnia, losing weight, gratitude, meditation and how important it is to get out of one's own way.
The book is a frank, funny and inspiring story of a road to recovery where Claire discovers a more joyful and purposeful life.
About the author: Claire Booth was a successful but stressed-out market research entrepreneur and executive suffering from what she calls "achiever fever" -- constant striving coupled with chronic feelings of inadequacy. Sick and tired of feeling miserable, self-help skeptic Booth decided to try anything that might bring relief, from mindfulness to martial arts, from spending 1- days in silence to "smiling at her spleen." At first, she was fearful that slowing down and softening up would mean losing her professional edge. Instead, she discovered a more joyful and purposeful life, one that also turned out to be good for business.
Claire Booth is an entrepreneur, author, and speaker. She is the founder and CEO of market research firm Lux Insights, with two decades of experience serving some of the world’s most recognized brands. She teaches at the UBC Sauder School of Business, is a board director at cutting-edge theatre The Cultch and is a Big Sister.
In her spare time, Claire swims with the NorthShore Masters team and is a long-time member of the CCC climbing group at Base 5. Originally from the Prairies, she lives with her partner, Chris, in North Vancouver, Canada.
Image Copyright: Claire Booth and LifeTree Media. Used with permission.
F2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.
For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.
With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.
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