Ep 59: Fight Depression with Creation, Founder/CEO of Melissa & Doug Toy Company, Melissa Bernstein, Part I  

Melissa Bernstein is a wildly successful entrepreneur. Along with her husband, she founded the incredibly prolific toy company, Melissa & Doug, which now has over 1,000 employees and has reported double digit growth every year.  She has been featured Good Morning America among other impressive media outlets and yet, our conversation was about so much more than success and toys.  In this first installment of our two-part interview, Melissa gets raw and honest about the dark thoughts that have haunted her since childhood and how she has transformed them into the fuel that has not only propelled a giant company, but also given birth to volumes of unheard poetry and songs that she has created. If you have ever thought that life was too overwhelming for you to go on, Melissa's words of wisdom will be the wind at your back.  She will help you realize that you are not alone and that it's possible to overcome feelings of depression.


I was born churning, existential angst, "Why am I here?  What's the meaning of life?", (5:36).  Talking about mortality at 2 or 3 years old, (7:32).  Shared darkness, (12:26).  Not alone, (14:44).  "I never believed I had worth or value, turn dark to light, (15:96).  Last couple of years missing something, (20:25).  Ski clothes, shed layers, (22:36).  Mantra... "How did you do that?  Turn darkness into light?", (27:41).  Fear?  What fear? What were the specifics?  "I will be gone at some point, (39:00) Logo therapy- existentialism, (52:00).

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Matthew Del Negro