Any man who makes a rich living on the backs of kitty cat photos and nut-shot videos probably has a happy-go-lucky approach to life, right? For Cheezburger Network founder Ben Huh that apparently wasn't always the case.
Writing on his blog today, Huh says that 10 years ago he was ready to cash in and check out.
I closed the doors of my first start-up in the summer of 2001. I was throughly broke, depressed, and feeling the burden of losing hundreds of thousands of dollars of other people's money. Loneliness, darkness, hopelessness... those words don't capture the feeling of the profound self-doubt that sets in after a failure. Loneliness. Darkness. Hopelessness. Those words describe the environment of depression. Self-doubt? That shakes you to the core and starts a fracture in your identity that makes you question if you should even exist anymore.
Huh was only 23 at the time, and he says that when the 9/11 attacks happened, he spiraled even further into depression and spent an increasing amount of time locked in his bedroom.
I spent a week in my room with the lights off and cut off from the world, thinking of the best way to exit this failure. Death was a good option -- and it got better by the day.
Obviously, Huh left his room, he stopped thinking seriously about suicide, and then he figured out a way to make assloads of money from the content that people are already uploading to the Internet.