How This Ceo Turned His Business (And His Life) From Toxic To Thriving

How This Ceo Turned His Business (And His Life) From Toxic To Thriving
Camille
Facebook
Twitter
PINTEREST
LinkedIn
INSTAGRAM

“‘I knew there had to be a reckoning with myself.’”
– RUSS PERRY FOR INC.

Picture this: you wake up one day, and you’re already looking forward to when you can forget your problems in a haze of work and alcohol. Even with you working crazy hours, your business of eight years is barely afloat. You’ve got a kid to support and another baby on the way, while your relationship with your wife is in tatters.

And oh, yes, it’s pretty much all your fault.

In this article, Inc. tells the story of how Russ Perry recovered from screwing up big time.

“He had become the person he had never wanted to be, and he knew it.”
– ARTICLE BY INC.

Not too many years ago, Russ was struggling with drive: he focused “more on the illusion of what it meant to be an entrepreneur rather than actually providing a solid service.” Without a service-centered motivation, and without the physical and mental discipline to cope with stress, he turned to alcohol to sedate.

“‘For those in a similar position, the business challenges and problems are likely a symptom of the challenges you are having with your own body, being healthy physically, how you’re treating yourself and your mind.’”
– RUSS PERRY FOR INC.

When everything’s gone wrong, it’s easy to feel like there’s no way out. But Russ saw the first step, clear and difficult: sobriety.

Future Russ would go on to write a book about getting sober successfully. But on that fateful day in 2013, there was no miracle cure before him, no shortcut to a better life — there was nothing but a simple, wrenching decision that he may or may not have stuck with.

That decision helped him and his wife save their marriage and strengthen their home. He finally let go of his then-sinking enterprise, determined to start over… that is if anything was still possible after losing so much.

“‘I believe Design Pickle has achieved so much success because I decided to invest in myself first.’”
– RUSS PERRY FOR INC.

And it was possible. A healthy mind, body, and home have ways of opening doors and letting in light like you can’t imagine. In the clarity that followed, Russ came up with the brainwave that would blossom into Design Pickle, the world’s largest subscription-based graphic design cloud service.

“All doesn’t have to be lost. No matter where you are when you start rebuilding, just start.”
– ARTICLE BY INC.

“I was focused on getting myself help,” Russ tells Inc. “For those in a similar position, the business challenges and problems are likely a symptom of the challenges you are having with your own body, being healthy physically, how you’re treating yourself and your mind. What you need to remember is that [relationships matter] the most, and [the most important ones] are the ones at home.”

These were lessons learned the hard way, but the payoff has been phenomenal. He’s living proof that all anyone has to do, really, is invest in themselves.