Who Am I?
Hey. I’m Zach Westerbeck.
And above all else, I am the partner to an amazing woman. I’m also a speaker, an entrepreneur, community builder, human connecter, visionary, doer, inspirer, and a man on a mission to help educate college students and organizations around the world to understand the complexities of depression and anxiety in today’s modern society.
I still remember the first time I questioned the meaning of life. I was seven years old, and I asked my baby sitter, “Why are we here on planet earth?”
I spent the next seventeen years trying to answer this question.
In high school, I would talk to two of my best friends about our biggest dreams like film, business, and how we would one day change the world and do something special with our lives.
Then, I went to college. My dreams and aspirations were put on hold as my priorities changed a bit and my focus became about “socializing” and having as much fun as possible.
I graduated from Purdue University and traveled half way across the country to Raleigh, North Carolina for a great opportunity at a reputable company. I was starting fresh, without any friends or family nearby, but was eager to start this next chapter of my life.
However, after a year or so in the job, I began to notice a feeling of emptiness. I was confused about the source of this feeling- I had a great job and some friends I liked, but I still felt unfulfilled.
This was my darkest time period. I became extremely anxious and depressed. So depressed, that I was prescribed anti-depressants to “ease” the pain.
But, I never took them. One crucial conversation with my girlfriend changed my life trajectory forever. She asked me not to take the medicine, work through the pain, and find my meaning to life.
And that is exactly what I did.
I channeled my pain and made it my personal mission to get better so I could discover why I was here and what my purpose was.
I read dozens of personal development books over the next two years, studied the habits of some of the greatest humans to ever live, listened to podcast by people like Tony Robbins, Brendon Burchard, Gary Vaynerchuck, Lewis Howes, Rich Roll, Joe Rogan and Tim Ferris, learned how to craft speeches through Toastmasters, and received invaluable business training from a world class organization, Cisco Systems.
And after a few years, with dedication and massive action, my life turned around and, most importantly, I discovered my purpose: to help educate college students and organizations to understand the complexities of depression and anxiety in today’s modern world.
I recovered so I could prove to others that they could too. Now, my goal is to get in front of as many people as possible to let them know they are not alone and their brightest days are still to come.