Who is Chris Leddy and why should I read this?
I am NOT a doctor, I am not a psychologist, psychiatrist, teacher, or therapist. Hell, I have a Bachelors degree in Business Economics. So why should you be reading this and listening to me you’re probably asking? Fantastic question.
In 2009 I was introduced to the world of self improvement and became obsessed. I loved the concepts, the psychology, learning and bettering myself. I read books, followed blogs, listened to podcasts, spoke with various coaches and gurus, listened to interviews, went to seminars, and met some of the sharpest minds I have ever encountered. I began experimenting with new ways of thinking and living, constantly.
In 2011 I started getting extreme anxiety. I was a senior in college and had no idea what I was really experiencing. I started getting random anxiety attacks that had me sweating, shaking, dizzy, and my heart feeling like it’d burst. I felt mentally crippled, like I was losing my mind. So I became obsessed about understanding it, talking to even more people, reading more books, seeking help, talking to various therapists + coaches, and learning how to conquer it.
In 2012 I started writing. A LOT. I free wrote about whatever was on my mind, wrote articles about numerous topics mostly involving self-improvement and psychology, but I never shared ANY of it. I was too nervous about what people might think. I thought it’d be seen as crazy, that my writing would be ridiculed or I’d embarrass myself.
In 2013 I opened up a bit to my friends, family, and others about overcoming mental issues, illness, and anxiety. Not only did I discover I was not alone in these struggles, but realized what a common and massive problem this was. People started private messaging me, calling me (some who I didn’t even know) asking for help and I realized I usually had gone through something similar and knew how to help.
In 2015 I quit my high paying, comfortable job to travel the world and really get out of my comfort zone. It was shortly after that I really realized my passion for writing and wanted to continue the self improvement path and help anyone willing to listen. I decided to open up my writings to other people because I realized how many other people are looking for answers, need help, and want to get over their worries and just live more, just like I was.
Please understand: I am not claiming to be an expert here. I am simply sharing my experiences. Sharing what I have learned, done, tried, experimented with, what’s worked and what hasn’t.