By many measures of success, Laura Moore is a high achiever. As the founder and CEO healthcare start-up Nell Health, the 31-year-old has secured investment in her genetic and blood testing start-up, presented at the prestigious Techstars accelerator in London and is an accomplished speaker in health care and leadership.
Even with her sprawling CV, Moore is among a class of many start-up founders – and millennial leaders in general – who have been left wanting more in the face of their own triumphs.
There are “an endless amount of things you could be doing to make yourself look amazing,” she says. “There’s big pressure to do that. You have founders trying to achieve success on multiple fronts, whether it’s media attention, revenue growth, etc., and that’s where the trap sets in.”
The phenomenon of feeling perpetually dissatisfied on the job is pervasive across industry fields, socioeconomic divides and international borders. But for the millennial founder – a highly diligent, media-savvy and ambitious class of entrepreneur – professional success often breeds personal disillusionment.
There’s an “outside portrayal of founder life as this amazing journey that you have to make look so exciting and so high growth all the time,” says Moore. “I think there’s just an inevitable crash for a lot of people when they feel they’re not living their real life.”