In Episode 2772 of The Strong Life Project podcast, Shaun O’Gorman dives deep into a topic many shy away from but can’t afford to ignore—being comfortable with solitude. Shaun emphasizes that true self-discovery and high-performance living start with understanding oneself, a journey that often requires isolation and self-reflection. Drawing from his own battles with PTSD, depression, and his vast experience in stress management, Shaun lays out why many of us choose relationships that are less than ideal simply because we’re afraid of being alone.

Using a blend of gritty real-life stories from his time in high-stress environments, Shaun demonstrates that loneliness isn’t the enemy; it’s an opportunity to confront your inner fears and discover your authentic self. “Until you’re comfortable being alone, you won’t truly know why you’re choosing the relationships you’re in, whether they’re personal or professional,” Shaun warns. This episode offers actionable steps to develop emotional resilience, self-awareness, and the kind of leadership that is born from self-assurance rather than external validation.

It’s a hard-hitting session that calls leaders, executives, and anyone striving for a high-performing life to take responsibility for their own well-being. Shaun concludes the episode with a challenge: spend time with yourself before you try to invest time in others, and watch how dramatically your life begins to change for the better.