No puedo dejar de pensar en esta cita de 13 palabras después de que Tony Hsieh falleciera

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Todos los que conoces en la vida están peleando una pelea que no conoces.

No sé quién dijo esta cita primero. Lo vi atribuido a Tim Ferriss, Brad Meltzer, al infierno incluso a Platón.

Sin embargo, cuando lo escucho hoy pienso en Tony Hsieh.

Me impresionó la profundidad de mi reacción a la muerte de Hsieh la semana pasada, especialmente porque nunca lo había conocido en persona.

Durante toda su vida había estado prestando atención a sus logros, porque tenemos aproximadamente la misma edad y quizás porque, dadas algunas de mis propias experiencias de vida, me identificaba con su búsqueda de maximizar la felicidad.

Hsieh también me recordó desde lejos a algunos de mis amigos que crecieron: niños inteligentes, hasta cierto punto forasteros, que crecieron en las décadas de 1980 y 1990.

Según los informes, ha habido más en la historia de la vida de Hsieh y las batallas que pudo haber librado en los últimos días de lo que el mundo exterior jamás conoció.

De acuerdo a Forbes, cuyos reporteros dijeron que habían hablado con «más de 20 de sus amigos cercanos y colegas», «Hsieh» se había involucrado en privado en temas de salud mental y adicción. «

El informe dice que Hsieh reclutó recientemente a amigos para que vivieran con él en Park City, Utah, compró varias casas de lujo allí y los engañó para que les pagaran el doble de los salarios más altos que ellos habían recibido. vino a él.

Unos amigos contaron la historia Forbes A medida que crecían y formaban familias, Hsieh, que nunca se casó ni tuvo hijos, siguió siendo «un Peter Pan extremadamente rico». El cantante Jewel, que era un amigo, supuestamente le escribió una advertencia en agosto pasado cuando se retiraba de Zappos.

«No creo que estés bien y estás cuerdo», escribió Jewel, según el informe, y agregó: «Las personas con las que te rodeas son ignorantes o están dispuestas a participar de ti. suicidarse … Si mira a su alrededor y descubre que todas las personas a su alrededor están en su nómina, está en problemas.

La historia de la muerte de Hsieh a causa de las heridas causadas por el incendio de una casa en Connecticut fue, por supuesto, bastante preocupante.

Pero si enfrentó tales luchas a medida que crecía y dirigía Zappos y trabajaba para revitalizar el centro de Las Vegas, algunos de sus logros serían más impresionantes, aunque trágicos al mismo tiempo.

No es un fenómeno raro. Hace unos años, dos psicólogos universitarios de California estudiaron el vínculo entre la enfermedad mental y el espíritu empresarial.

Casi el 50 por ciento de los emprendedores declararon después de sus estudios que tenían al menos una enfermedad mental. Casi un tercio tenía dos o más. Compare eso con 1 de cada 5 en la población general.

Solo siento simpatía por Hsieh y sus seres queridos. Y la experiencia me hace pensar en la bondad: esta es la coda para las variaciones de la cita familiar pero difícil de obtener que cité al principio de este artículo:

«Todos los que conoces en la vida están peleando una pelea que no conoces. Así que sé amable. «

Muchos de nosotros estamos tratando de construir algo más grande que nosotros mismos: corporaciones, corporaciones, incluso movimientos.

A veces es increíblemente difícil, y hay una tendencia comprensible a mirar a alguien como Hsieh desde afuera y pensar que lo han descubierto todo.

También se trata de emociones, a veces incluso de celos.

Supongo que es aún más tentador en el caso de Hsieh, ya que su empresa y su libro -al menos en la percepción de la población- estaban organizados en torno a los conceptos de maximización de la felicidad. Literalmente llamó a su libro: Traer buena suerte.

Pero sus amigos, sus compañeros de trabajo, sus compañeros de trabajo, sus competidores, incluso las personas que conoce de pasada: hay una lucha mayor para casi todos.

Usando esta lógica, es probable que también pelee sus propias batallas.

Y la historia real siempre es más profunda.

La mayoría de las veces, nunca sabrá los detalles. Actúa acorde.

Las opiniones expresadas aquí por los columnistas de Inc.com son las suyas propias, no las de Inc.com.

According to Forbes, whose reporters say they talked to "more than 20 of his close friends and colleagues," Hsieh "was privately coping with issues of mental health and addiction."

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The report says that Hsieh had recruited friends to live with him in Park City, Utah recently, buying multiple luxury homes there, and enticing them by offering to pay them double the highest salaries they'd ever received if they joined him.

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Some friends told Forbes that as they grew older and started families, Hsieh, who never married or had children, "remained an extremely rich Peter Pan." The singer Jewel, who was a friend, reportedly wrote a warning to him last August, around the time he retired from Zappos.

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"I don't think you are well and in your right mind," Jewel wrote, according to the report, adding:"The people you are surrounding yourself with are either ignorant or willing to be complicit in you killing yourself. ... When you look around and realize that every single person around you is on your payroll, then you are in trouble.

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The story of Hsieh's death as a result of injuries from a a Connecticut house fire was disturbing enough, of couse.

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But if he was facing these kinds of struggles while he grew and ran Zappos, and worked to revitalize downtown Las Vegas, it actually would make some of what he accomplished that much more impressive--although simultaneously tragic.

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It's not a rare phenomenon. A few years ago, a pair of California university psychologists studied the link between mental health conditions and entrepreneurship.

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Nearly 50 percent of entrepreneurs reported having at least one mental health condition, , according to their research; almost one-third had two or more. Compare that to 1 in 5 among the general population.

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I have only sympathy for Hsieh, and his loved ones. And, the experience leaves me thinking about kindness--which is the coda to variations of the well-known but hard-to-source quote that I cited at the start of this article:

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"Everyone you meet in life is fighting a battle you know nothing about. So be kind."

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Many of us are trying to build something bigger than ourselves -- businesses, companies, movements, even.

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It's incredibly difficult at times, and there's an understandable tendency to look at someone like Hsieh from the outside, and to think that they've figured it all out.

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There's emotion involved, too--sometimes even shades of jealousy. 

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I suppose it's even more tempting in Hsieh's case, since his company, and his book, were organized -- in popular perception anyway -- around the concepts of maximizing happiness. He literally called his book, Delivering Happiness.

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But, your friends, your colleagues, your employees, your competitors -- even the people you meet in passing: for almost everyone, there's a bigger battle.

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By that logic, you're probably fighting your own battles, too.

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And, the true story is always deeper.

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Most often, you'll never know the details. Act accordingly.

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