Episode #8: Matt Glazer
Matt is the Managing Director of Blue Sky Partners. He has spent his entire career in the organization management industry, gaining valuable experience as executive director of the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce and Progress Texas. Beyond his time in the non-profit space, Matt has successfully launched four companies — a regional homes tour (Weird Homes Tour), a statewide advocacy non-profit in Texas (Progress Texas), and an international festival focused on entrepreneurship (Small Business Festival). His work has given him firsthand knowledge of the challenges and solutions that both nonprofits and for-profit businesses encounter on a daily basis. Matt is a passionate grassroots organizer, communicator and connector of people, both within his home state of Texas, and far beyond.
When Matt Glazer calls his bipolar disorder his superpower, it’s not just a catchphrase he uses. He genuinely means it. From using his experience to deepen his communication skills, produce creative work, or reframe the idea of “failure” when working with his team, Matt is serious about using his superpower for good. He’s also serious about removing the cultural stigma of mental illness, which is why he’s passionate about sharing his own story. On this episode, Matt and I talk about how his journey with bipolar disorder has intersected with his life and work, including how he’s found a rhythm that supports his mental health, why he walked away from political campaigns for a new career path, and why more conversation, above all else, is what we need.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS MATT AND I CHATTED ABOUT:
Why it wasn’t a surprise when he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but it was still shocking
The impact of having candid conversations about mental health in relationships and at work
The moment he walked away from a job because of a lack of understanding and empathy
Why his focus is on achieving work-life rhythm, rather than work-life balance
How he came to think of his bipolar disorder as a superpower, rather than a disease or illness
Why his morning routine, running, and reading before bed all help him find a sense of rhythm
The influence that high-performers can have on the cultural conversation about mental illness
The backhanded compliments (from people who DO mean well) that can hit the hardest
Why he strives to live with a level of positivity each week, striving for more good days than bad