The Upside of Being Down

How Mental Health Struggles Led to My Greatest Successes in Work and Life
By: Jen Gotch
Narrated by: Jen Gotch
Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
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An entertaining, humorous, and inspirational memoir by the founder and chief creative officer of the multimillion-dollar lifestyle brand ban.do, who “has become a hero among women (and likely some men too) who struggle with mental health (Forbes).”

After graduating from college, Jen Gotch was living with her parents, heartbroken and lost, when she became convinced that her skin had turned green. Hallucinating that she looked like Shrek was terrifying, but it led to her first diagnosis and the start of a journey towards self-awareness, acceptance, success, and ultimately, joy.

With humor and candor, Gotch shares the empowering story of her unlikely path to becoming the creator and CCO of a multimillion-dollar brand. From her childhood in Florida where her early struggles with bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety, and ADD were misdiagnosed, to her winding career path as a waitress, photographer, food stylist, and finally, accidental entrepreneur, she illuminates how embracing her flaws and understanding the influence of mental illness on her creativity actually led to her greatest successes in business and life.

Hilarious, hyper-relatable, and filled with fascinating insights and hard-won wisdom on everything from why it’s okay to cry at work to the myth of busyness and perfection to the emotional rating system she uses every day, Gotch’s inspirational memoir dares readers to live each day with hope, optimism, kindness, and humor.    

©2020 Jen Gotch (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Highly recommend

I finished this in two days. Jen is honest, insightful, funny and deeply empathetic. I really appreciated her vulnerability with her mental health journey. It helped me better understand it for those I know and love. I found this to be deeply edifying, and I finished the book eager to pay closer attention to my emotions (hello, Emotional Rating System!) and be a shining bright star with my own journey, as Jen is with hers. Whether or not managing your mental health is top of mind, there is so much to glean from this book. Plus it's fun to listen to. Thank you for writing it, Jen!

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Excellent book!

I loved this book, I’ve followed Jen Gotch for years and I have followed her struggles and successes. She is an inspiration for entrepreneurs and those with mental health issues, shedding light on an often difficult topic. Jen shows how managing everything is possible. I have always appreciated her candidness and this book brings out a much more in-depth look at her life’s story.

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My bipolar sister

I have a bipolar sister and it helps understanding how their brain works. It is hard for them with their mental issues but it is also hard for the people around them. We are trying our best and it helps to see the other side. I recommended the book to her...I hope she reads it too. Thank you.

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Love!

I love this book so much. I’ve followed Jen Gotch and Bando for a while now and was so excited for this book to come out.
This book I can tell will help me in different ways however I need them in the future. I finished this book all the way through last week and I’m already thinking of listening to it again to get more nuggets of wisdom from Jen, who makes mental health a little bit more fun to navigate!
Thanks for putting this out there Jen, thanks for putting yourself out there to help others on their journeys.
This book is a bright light in the mental health arena. And as I’m typing this I’m realizing that’s why it’s called “The UPSIDE of being down” soooooooo yeah makes sense. Truly this book is about The Upside of Being Down.

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When is the next one?

For those who have followed Jen Gotch for a while, this book is wonderful. I am already ready for another! Her podcast helped me seek out a good therapist and I was prepared with a list of questions that helped me decide who was right. I’m glad this book digs deeper into some of those topics.

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Jen's story is so real and beautiful.

I had no idea what I was getting into with this book, except I've been admiring the ban.do website for the last couple months and I pre-ordered it when I saw it on their website.
i was pleasantly surprised (moreso relieved) at her approach to diet culture and mental health. I found her story and worldview inspirational, and I'm totally a Jen Gotch fan now 😊

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A mirror

Thank you Jen for being you so fully and completely. This book is straight magic 💖

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I love this book and I love Jen Gotch !!

I would recommend this book to anyone ! Especially if you need a pick me up and want to start looking at things in a positive way! It was so relatable and made me reflect and try to implement some tactics in my own life! And I just love Jen!

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Jen is badass inspiring women

Jens story is raw and relatable for any creative person who has struggled with mental health. So many of her stories were eye opening and inspire personal growth. I listened to this during the pandemic which could not have been more timely... it’s a good reminder to find the upside of a bad situation. Her positive messages will remain an inspiration during these strange times.