Episode 48: Harley Finkelstein on Entrepreneurship and Anxiety

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Welcome to episode forty-eight of The Madhappy Podcast, a conversation on mental health with the entrepreneur and president of Shopify, Harley Finkelstein, hosted by Madhappy co-founders Mason Spector and Peiman Raf. In this episode, we talk to Harley about his mental health experiences and journey to becoming the president of Shopify.

Peiman kicks off the episode by asking Harley about his childhood, where Harley shares what it was like growing up in Canada as a second-generation immigrant (5:00). The two then move into a conversation about Harley’s first, conscious experience with anxiety (13:30), before Harley shares the story of how he joined Shopify (27:30).

Harley then talks about his passion for entrepreneurship (28:00), discussing both the highs and lows that come with the profession (33:00). The two wrap up with Peiman asking Harley what advice he would give to his younger self and how that advice holds true today and in years to come (36:30).

Listen to episode forty-eight of The Madhappy Podcast below:

We talk about some serious topics on this show. We are not professionals and are not giving advice. If you or someone you know needs help, please text start to 741741, and for additional resources, please visit LocalOptimist.com/Get-Help. The Madhappy Podcast is for informational and entertainment purposes only and is not a replacement for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. 

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