Reboot Podcast Episode #13 – You Are Not Alone in the Fear – with Ben Rubin

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.

Episode 13 // March 11, 2015

To have a firm persuasion, to set out boldly in our work, is to make a pilgrimage of our labors, to understand that the consummation of work lies not only in what we have done but who we become while accomplishing the task.


Ben Rubin

Ben Rubin

Co-founder & CEO of Change Collective

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Episode Description

In today’s conversation, Jerry is joined by Ben Rubin – Co-founder and CEO of Change Collective – an organization itself that is set on helping people make positive changes in their lives.  Ben comes to Jerry wondering how he can better deal with the negative inner dialogue.  They quickly discover that inner voice, and more specifically the feelings that precede it, are a powerful indicator of an underlying fear.  What opportunities exist in exploring that fear?

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Show Highlights

Top Quotes

“We practice on the cushion so we can do off the cushion.”

“What happens if you fail, what happens to Ben?” Ben: I’m crushed.”

“What alleviates the suffering, is to lean into the fear.”

“Cognitive awareness does not create transformation.”

“Violence is what we do when we don’t know what to do with suffering.”

“You are not alone in that fear”

“Who are you trying to save with your company?” Ben: Myself.”

“This is about something more important than another dollar in the bank.”

“The point of sitting on the cushion is for life off the cushion. We practice on the cushion so that we can do off the cushion.”

“Of course it’s true that it will be fine, but the cognitive awareness of that truth does not alleviate the feeling.”

“Anybody who has struggled struggles with the fear of the struggle coming back.”

“The resiliency is just as much a part of you as the struggle, and nothing takes the resiliency away.”