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Stories of Success Podcast


Jun 18, 2020

This week’s podcast is with Lizzy Hodcroft. She is an inspiration to talk to, on how to overcome mental health issues and becoming successful, selling a business and now launching a new business called Myndr.
 
Lizzy has been a winner of North East Entrepreneur for two years in a row. Her honestly about her struggles with mental health and how entrepreneurship aided in her recovery is a breath of fresh air within a competitive and at times, draining business environment. 
 
In this podcast episode Lizzy speaks about the struggle to find investment with a mental health history, and her story of coping with mental health and rehab by building a successful business. The investment world, according to her, are now waking up to not having the perfect story for their investments. There is definitely a generation gap similar to what we discovered in episodes previously.
 
At time of recording we are still in lockdown due to Covid19 and just finishing off Mental Health Awareness week. Lizzy tells us her own story of being born in Scotland, growing up in the USA and how she ended up in a psychiatric hospital; she openly spoke about her addictions and rehab, an experience which of course had a huge influence on her development. I highly recommend watching her TED Talk too. 
 
Through building two businesses, one of which she has sold, Lizzy is able to provide strong insight into the importance of laying a stable personal foundation in order to build a successful business. 
 
Most recently her business, Myndr which won FSB Start Up of the Year, has received over £300k in government back funding. Lizzy and her co-founder Emma are building an app that breaks through the fluffy approach of most wellness and mindfulness apps she has seen. 
 
She gives the example of structure that goes deeper than just routine and habits; also it holds all information for health care professionals. The main differentiators are the wisdom from peer experience, but also the AI (Artificial Intelligence) used to provide a tailor made plan. They hope to launch early 2021, which got delayed due to the Covid19 crisis.
 
We of course also speak about the lockdown and its impact on mental health. It also was a relief of not thinking you aren’t doing enough, and Lizzy’s confidence and creativity grew, as she has been more focused on her own output without being scrutinised from the outside world. A very interesting point, as the lockdown gives you headspace, and for all of us it’s a learning experience to be close with our family or partner 24/7.
 
If you would like to find out more, you can find her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as Weirdlyrelatable and of course via Myndr.co.uk
 
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Volker coaches transformations (career, life & business), and helps individuals and companies through change. He is also a mindfulness trainer and productivity expert, consulting companies on soft skills around sales and business development. In his podcast he interviews successful people and wrote a best selling book about the advice.
 
His latest project is a personal development course and listeners from the podcast can sign up and receive a free book with code “Book2020”: http://bebetter.ballueder.com