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Scale Your Everest

How to be a Resilient Entrepreneur

Foreword by Michael A. Freeman
Published by Post Hill Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

Entrepreneurs! Give yourself the tools to develop the mental resilience needed to succeed in the pressure cooker that is…starting your own business.

While Erik Z. Severinghaus has been to the top of the physical world (literally climbing Everest) and the business world (exiting companies for hundreds of millions of dollars), what has defined his journey is not the successes…but rather, the hard times of loneliness and self-doubt that nearly cost him his accomplishments and his life. Every entrepreneur experiences these same crippling challenges but no one talks about them, and consequently, entrepreneurs have three times the rate of addiction and twice the rate of suicide of the general population.

This guidebook passes along the lessons needed in those dark times, with the hope that it will help every entrepreneur who is going through this struggle understand their journey and build the mental resiliency to succeed.

Erik Z. Severinghaus is an award-winning serial entrepreneur who has successfully exited three companies totaling over $500 million. He has also climbed many of the world’s highest mountains, including Mount Everest.

"Scale Your Everest represents a critical new insight in our work in entrepreneurship, revealing the rewards of the journey in the context of the struggle and challenge. Erik has contributed a new understanding of what it takes to have the resilience, mettle, psychological confidence, and self-awareness critical to surviving and prevailing in entrepreneurial life, with a brutally honest and frank call to maintain psychological well-being. Scale Your Everest finally fulfills the elusive search for the entrepreneurial mindset we all talk about."   

– Ted D. Zoller, PhD, Director UNC Entrepreneurship Center at Kenan Flagler Business School

"There must be a thousand books that can teach you how to build a business. Read this book if you want to know how to prevent your business from crushing you along the way." 

– Aaron Houghton, Founder of Founders First System

"Scale Your Everest is the rare book that describes the psychological trials that impact both the business and personal lives of entrepreneurs. This book will help entrepreneurs identify and manage through the tough times and, in the end, become more mentally resilient and better leaders." 

– Linda Darragh, Executive Director, Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice at Kellogg School of Management