Episode 51: Coping With Losing My Eyesight and My Dad with Phil Spade

**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.

In this episode, I sit down with Phil Spade, who talks about the grief he experienced after partially losing his eyesight, and subsequently losing his father a few years later.

Phil currently heads up Growth and Strategy for Swell, a new voice-based social platform that launched at SXSW in 2021. Prior to Swell, Phil led Client Services at Skava who ran and powered ten of the top thirty retailers’ mobile websites.

Listen in as we talk about:

  • [2:10] How Phil lost his eyesight 
  • [5:35] Preparing mentally and spiritually for surgery
  • [11:30] The gift in losing his eyesight 
  • [13:05] How his life was impacted by losing his eyesight
  • [15:30] Who Phil’s dad was
  • [18:20] The impact of losing his dad
  • [28:10] Tips to cope with grief
  • [38:00] What self love looks like for Phil now

Phil is a graduate of Indiana University (BS Math) and the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business (MBA Finance/MIS). After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Phil led growth initiatives at BigCharts.com in the infancy of the internet age, licensing financial information to the world’s biggest banks and brokerages. 

Phil is always looking at ways of how technology can influence and change the way we look at the world and solve our problems. Phil also owns and runs a small horse racing operation and is a licensed professional boxing judge.

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