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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."
http://www.perfectpain.com/

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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