Parham Parastaran

Parham Parastaran is an Iranian-American entrepreneur and author with a passion for discussing mental health issues in the business community. After fleeing Iran as a child during the Iranian Revolution, Parham became the epitome of the American Dream. He built multimillion-dollar business Car-X Tire & Auto, a franchise of tire and auto repair shops that quickly grew from a single store in Champaign, Illinois, to 16 locations. Although he enjoyed success as an entrepreneur, Parham had a secret: He suffered from severe depression and addiction. A rock-bottom moment led him to sign up for psychoanalysis, starting a journey that opened up the darkest doors within himself and found him revisiting a childhood of trauma. Fifteen years after that first psychoanalysis session, he chronicles his powerful story in the new memoir, "Perfect Pain."

Success October 4, 2018
Looking for Employees With Grit? Be Careful What You Wish For

These days, I hear the word "grit" used often in reference to employment and recruiting. It's a characteristic we all look for when hiring. We see people with grit as fighters, determined, and resilient — all of which are fantastic qualities that drive performance. What we don't recognize is that grit has a dark underbelly that, left unchecked, can have severe consequences. Only by...

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