For founders who are getting their startups off the ground, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the day-to-day tasks and responsibilities. Dan Murphy, Executive Director at Slingshot Ventures, says it doesn’t have to be that way.

At our June lunch, Dan offered his personal perspective on the human experience of entrepreneurship, and why cultivating a healthy “inner experience” can reduce the stress created from your external environment, allow you to see more clearly and experience a higher level of peace.

Dan talked about how easy it is to get caught up in negative thinking, and why it’s important not to react to every emotion or thought that comes up. The next time we find ourselves in that situation, he encourages us to ask, “What if the story we’re telling ourselves isn’t true?”

Dan shared how mindfulness — using breath to anchor you in the present moment — can relieve anxiety (fear of the future), and that serenity can only be found within. He ended his talk by guiding in the audience in a self-compassion exercise.

Slingshot is a software and app development company specializing in taking clients’ visions from idea to launch. Dan has spent his entire career working around and with creators of software. He has a proven track record in helping businesses grow. As a part of the leadership team, he is a supportive partner who is also willing to challenge other’s when necessary.

He is an innovative thinker with a knack for connecting ideas and topics that aren’t easily noticed. He brings a positive disposition to all his projects and enjoys connecting and helping others. He is an introspective person who enjoys helping others explore their inner worlds. He loves his job, but feels his greatest role is guiding and supporting his daughters.