May is Mental Health Month and I’ve been meaning to do an episode on mental health for some time. I mainly wanted to talk about what I’ve experienced personally, and what I’ve witnessed with other high achievers.
As you know, my personal branding and coaching practice is geared towards high achievers and with that comes a unique brand of personality – typically I work with hard-driving, ambitious, super smart people who have been working hard to achieve since childhood.
While many of us are simply wired this way, I’ve increasingly been pondering how achievement can sometimes be more harmful than helpful, and how easily we can straddle the line between performing at the highest levels and burning ourselves out.
I have personally struggled for decades with anxiety, depression, and perfectionism; on the one hand, I believe that the unique way my brain is wired makes me a more sensitive thinker, a more eloquent writer and a more connected coach. I am able to relate with a range of emotional and life experiences by the very virtue of my own experiences.
But when things are bad, they’re real bad, and for many years I paid a high price of my brain chemistry. I struggled with the shame of trying to hide my depression from new friends and colleagues. It cost me relationships and new experiences I may have otherwise had, had I not been so guarded.
Fortunately, in recent years and with the help of gifted therapists I’ve learned how to take better care of myself and my gift so I don’t struggle so much. I’ve zeroed in on my triggers as well as some of my non-negotiables so I can cultivate personal peace and live in a space of joy.
I’ve shared how my physical health has come into focus in recent months as I better understand how important it is for me to safeguard my physical vessel if I want to effectively access my gift.
Taking care of my mental health is just as important.
So for today’s episode, I wanted to have a conversation with a young woman who reminds me a lot of myself 10 years ago – ambitious, coming into her own and making a name for herself in the media world while also managing her anxiety and depression. I wanted to bring her on the podcast to shed light on the inner workings of high achievement and to share the lessons she has to teach us because she is wise beyond her years.
Our guest today is Dominique B. Fluker.
Dedication, passion, curiosity.
Dominique B. Fluker is a content strategist, writer, and Senior Account Executive at Max Borges Agency specializing in influencer relations and launching effective and impactful social programming for Cricket Wireless and AT&T. Her deep ability to understand analytics and metrics has allowed her to be successful in leveraging audience insights to drive impactful content to specific audiences across digital platforms. Through her work in public relations, social media strategy and content development, Dominique has successfully amplified the online presence of the following brands: TIDAL, Air New Zealand, Microsoft Pulse, Israel Ministry of Tourism, Taylor Morrison, Senseo, WeWork, and more.
In addition to her work as a content and social strategist, Dominique has a budding writing career. In 2018 she embarked on her writing journey with ForbesWomen and ESSENCE Magazine. Within an 11-month time span, Dominique strategized to bring 30 stories to life that are centered in millennial based entrepreneurship, specifically highlighting women of color. In August of 2018, she was elevated to Senior Contributor at Forbes and invited to speak on the “Standing Out From The Pack” panel at Forbes HQ which highlighted her articles and decision to profile millennial women of color entrepreneurs in business and the arts.
Dominique is passionate about telling stories of other dynamic millennial women and helping brands explore the interconnectivity of culture and communication through social media to garner awareness and t