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Scott Hardiman

Interview With Scott Hardiman About Business & Mental Health

Scott Hardiman is a dad, husband, and business owner. That’s a lot of things to juggle in the 24 hours he has in a day, but he still manages to do it all. That’s not easy, and with so much going on, you think it might be too much! A quick message from Scott.

“My name is Scott Hardiman. I find writing a description of myself a strange one because most of the time I want to dive into my working life and what I do. I have to check-in and remember that I’m a human being and not a human doing. So, the real answer is that I am kind, honest, caring, reliable, annoying at times, hard-working, driven, stubborn, trustworthy, motivated, loving, open, and more. I could go on. My family are the most important in my life, my friends, clients and business are incredibly important to me and I’m on a mission to build a fantastic life through my desire to help where I can.”

How do you deal with the pressures of running a business, while still keeping a level head every day?

For me, I have, over the years, developed a strong awareness of my thoughts and that is key to keep me on top of the pressures of the business. If I’m honest the pressures of business are pretty consistent right now but it’s the way I view the situation that helps me maintain a level head. I get to choose how I deal with the pressures and I make the most of it by choosing to be positive and look at the facts of a situation, which is most cases point towards a win ultimately. I’m not saying I always succeed but I make a damn good go of it.

What are some key methods you use to take some time to yourself? i.e. meditate, write a diary each day?

My life can be pretty full on with being a dad, husband and business owner, so as much as I would love to meditate for an hour a day, run an hour a day and walk along the beach, I’m just not at that point in my life…yet. So, for me I introduce flexibility into my self-care. A couple of non-negotiables and then some additions when I feel I want to and have the time. I practice the Wim Hof breathing method which has been fantastic for me and I have a cold shower. Both of these improve my mood and the cold shower in particular builds my mental strength. I’m training my mind to go through the uncomfortable and if I can do that, I can do most other things in the day.

What tips can you give someone who’s looking to start a business, but worried about failing?

Understand that it’s a fear and fears are often a mask for what we actually desire. Instead of focusing on failing aka the fear and basing your action steps on that, focus on what you desire, focus on the end goal and enjoy the process while you pile some energy into that and watch the action steps you start taking.

What are some of the biggest challenges you have overcome to get to where you are today?

Anxiety. I went through a very tough period of my life in my early 20’s and experienced anxiety for around 5 years. It affected every area of my life during that time. Family, friendships, work and most importantly my headspace. I had to dig very deep to take myself out of that hole and I’m the person I am today because of those challenges. Would I want to go through it again? No. However, now I’ve been through it, I’m grateful for what I have learnt and it has allowed me to find my real passion and that’s coaching men to overcome their own challenges, whatever they are and attain their goals and success.

How has your relationship with your mental health affected how successful your business is?

Having been through my own mental health battles in the past and having to have a strong awareness still to this day to ensure I stay on top of the pressures that life naturally brings, I feel even better equipped to help my clients through their business, life and relationships challenges and goals which means that my business flourishes. So, I would say it has impacted my business positively.

If there was something you could tell the whole world, what would it be?

It’s not time management, it’s self-management.

What gets you up in the morning?

Giving my daughter the opportunities that I didn’t have growing up. Knowing that the vision of the business will make a difference to men all over the world. To make my wife and family proud. Making money to provide for my family and those that need it.

Another message from Scott – For The Male Mind is a platform created for men. We wanted to create an area for men and give access to genuine, no fluff content with the aim of providing opportunities for improving confidence, accelerating progress and building honest relationships with other like-minded men. I, personally, have been through tough times mentally and I still experience challenges that require my attention now. I believe if I had access to something like For The Male Mind, the challenges I have been through would have been more manageable and this is a fundamental reason for creating this platform. Our aim is for this not to just be an information platform, although you can use it as you see fit, the content will be powerful enough, but also a place for men to create alliances and have a place to challenge themselves. Ultimately, For The Male Mind is a dynamic, supportive and valuable community space, dedicated to men’s growth, confidence and progress. It is a space where you can connect, be yourself, learn new skills to overcome your mindset challenges and progress towards your ultimate ‘unattainable’ goals. The platform is due to be launched on Monday. For more information contact Scott Hardiman or here is the sign-up link: https://for-the-male-mind.mn.co/.

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