We had the good fortune of connecting with Rohan Dixit and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rohan, what do you attribute your success to?
We’re a mental health company, and our wearable has helped thousands of people feel less stress and anxiety. But to be honest, I think the biggest factor in our success so far isn’t in our technology, or even our incredible team, but the fact that I’ve had to overcome mental health challenges myself. Empathy is important. When you go through something difficult, I think it gives you a degree of sensitivity towards others in similarly difficult situations. Wanting to help people struggling with their mental health drove me to more deeply understand my own anxiety and depression. From becoming a neuroscientist at Harvard and Stanford, to living with meditating monks in the Himalayas, I traveled around the world and did things I never imagined because I knew there was a need for a better solution to mental health. I think having a mission is the biggest factor in persevering through challenges, and ultimately the people that succeed are the one’s that don’t quit, right? I don’t know what success means specifically to you, but I’m not sure there’s ultimately any other success than leaving the world a little better than you found it.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’ve always been good at inventing things, but I had no idea how to create a business. In the early days of starting my company, things got so bad that I actually had to live in my car for a while. I really questioned if the struggle was worth it, and whether I should go back to a cushy tech job. I think what I learned is that if you’re doing what you feel you were put on Earth to do, you can overcome almost any obstacle. I wanted more than anything to help thousands of people (OK, millions, I’m still working on this!) live happier lives, and the satisfaction in being able make a career out of that has been priceless. I wish people would trust their intuition more, and share the unique gift they have with the world. And have some fun while you’re doing it! Life is really short.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Mom, for leaving a book about meditation lying around the house when I was going through my darkest times. That book probably saved my life, so mom, I owe you at least twice for my life. My mom has been a quiet example of integrity, peace and strength since I was a kid. I owe you so much Mom, thank you.