September 22

Don’t stress out

I’m typing this message up just days before the return of the in-person Global edition of INDUSTRY: The Product Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. In fact, this will be the first in-person edition of INDUSTRY in three years! To say that I’m excited for next week is a giant understatement. But since we’re all friends here, I thought I’d let you in on something else I’m feeling.

I’m super stressed.

It’s a healthy level of stress – and not any different than what I normally feel this close to conference time. I’m sharing this because I bet there are times when you’re also super stressed, whether it’s because of a new product launch, trying to do the same workload with fewer team members, or really, anything.

When I’m feeling this way, though – there are a few things that help me (and may help you):

  1. Reminding myself why I’m feeling stressed helps. INDUSTRY is coming right up next week and I simply want it to be great for all attendees. But after next week, I also know that my stress level will likely go way down. So there’s an end in sight!
  2. I have to find a way to burn that stress off. Lots of different things help with it. In my case, biking, running, and working out all help a lot. So while there’s so much to do, I’m making it a point to find time to burn some of that stress off today however I can.
  3. Focus on the things that I can control. I can’t control everything. Despite all of my best efforts living in Cleveland, Ohio, I just can’t control the weather. But there are lots of things that I can control… and it’s most productive to simply focus on those things.

Despite the stress, I’ve been looking forward to next week for the past three years – and it can’t get here soon enough.

So here we go – onto INDUSTRY!

Mike Belsito

About the author

Mike Belsito is a startup product and business developer who loves creating something from nothing. Mike is the Co-Founder of Product Collective which organizes INDUSTRY, one of the largest product management summits anywhere in the world. For his leadership at Product Collective, Mike was named one of the Top 40 influencers in the field of Product Management. Mike also serves as a Faculty member of Case Western Reserve University in the department of Design and Innovation, and is Co-Host of one of the top startup podcasts online, Rocketship.FM. Prior to Product Collective, Mike spent the past 12 years in startup companies as an early employee, Co-Founder, and Executive. Mike's businesses and products have been featured in national media outlets such as the New York Times, The Atlantic, CNN, NPR, and elsewhere. Mike is also the Author of Startup Seed Funding for the Rest of us, one of the top startup books on Amazon.


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