Benny Lewis

How To Get Your Motivation Back After Falling On Rough Times

Benny Lewis has faced the greatest personal challenges he ever has in his life recently, which have led to his darkest years as a result. This period sapped his energy, general life enthusiasm and even his motivation to work on his languages. Fortunately, he has found ways to bounce back and has been successfully re-activating his learning projects this year because of his recovery.

In this talk, he discusses 18 different techniques he has implemented to get him from those darkest times and clinical depression, back to feeling motivated again. In this very personal talk, Benny opens up to honestly and transparently discuss mental health and difficult issues, which are likely facing many people this year especially, and to emphasize that you are not alone in your struggles, and there are ways back to feeling like yourself again.

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  • RonP says:

    Thank you, Benny. 🙏👍👏😌🍃

  • Anonymous says:

    This is an incredibly brave talk. I’ve followed you for a long time, and I’m glad to hear you’re doing better. I agree with you about the toxic positivity — it’s even harder if you are a public figure. I also do the journaling / gratitudes, and it’s definitely been helpful for me. Warm wishes in the coming days.

  • magdalinga says:

    Thanks for sharing! I think a lot of people can relate to your story in how bad experiences tend to accumulate and then they just get you to a very low place in life – be it depression, burnout or something else. Hope life will only get better for you now!

  • Lara says:

    Thank you very much for your talk and sharing your experiences. This is a very important topic and I’m glad there was a talk focusing on it.

  • Heidi says:

    It is a very important talk, thanks a lot for sharing your experience. You are a model for many language learners, and your talk helps them not to feel lonely or give up in dark times. You say you’ll be your former self again, but I think you’ll be more. You were just the happy boy speaking from day one, but by now you’ve seen more aspects of life. You aren’t going to leave this dark period behind you, but you are embracing it, deepening you self. You’ve become richer. And you made our community richer. So thank you very much!

  • Zainah says:

    Thanks, Benny, for sharing your story and for your candor.

  • Thank you for sharing Benny, I’m so glad you are getting your mojo back and feeling more like your old self.

  • AnnaK says:

    Muchas gracias por hablar de este tema tan importante, me puedo relacionar mucho, la salud mental debe ser prioridad y me encantaron tus herramientas para poder salir adelante de cualquier situación. Me encantó. Gracias

  • polyglotessa says:

    Hi Benny,
    I have long considered you to be the most accessible and “human” among the polyglots that I enjoy following, and I am incredibly moved by this presentation. Not only is this topic so timely for the times we are living through, but, as always, you have a gift for making your viewer feel that their feelings are normal and their motivations achievable. I send my warm thoughts for your continued healing, and I hope that one of the thoughts for your gratitude reflections will be that there is a whole community out here rooting for you. Please reach out to us if we can ever be helpful in your journey. I truly mean that.

  • Nikki444 says:

    Hi Benny,

    I am happy that you are feeling better. I pray for continued success and happiness. By doing this talk it is helping so much people lives.

  • Debs says:

    This is possibly one of the most optimistic talks I’ve listened to. Thank you for sharing your setbacks and struggles. This is something that affects all of us and yet we all feel compelled to project that perfect life, perfect day, perfect relationship to the world. Your practical tips are so useful and your empathy is heartwarming. Thank you Benny.

  • kmacoto says:

    This is a needed conversation, especially in our community where this notion of permanent happiness, constant learning and perfection is imbedded in the minds of many. Refreshing since I’m struggling with this personally. Will apply several techniques. Thanks Benny!

  • Chenelle77 says:

    I loved your talk it was quite inspirational I’m sorry to hear about your divorce from your ex-wife. You are in my prayers my friend God bless you continue to be safe. You are a true inspiration to everyone in the world keep up the good work God bless you

  • Anne1 says:

    This is a brave, important, and extraordinarily gracious presentation. Thank you Benny and best wishes for your continued health and recovery.

  • afeman says:

    Thanks for your candor, Benny – losing your mojo is the pits. Glad you’re on the mend, and would confirm your good advice.

  • Maribel says:

    Gracias por la conferencia, estuvo muy interesante. Me puedo relacionar con este tema y definitivamente voy a poner en practica estos consejos.

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