Business is all about curve balls, whether it's giving a speech or pitching a proposal or dipping your toe into the sustainability pool and taking a long hard look at who you've become and who you want to be.
All experiences are good experiences; the trick is to never stop having them ;)
This month, Evrnu was selected to participate in the global top 5 of the Green Challenge, the largest sustainability prize in the world. (Over 270 global sustainable businesses applied. Here’s a link to my pitch.) The day after I got home from Amsterdam I gave a TEDx talk in Olympia, WA.
This is all very exciting! I’m also actively on-boarding customers, raising money, helping the team solve problems while managing back to back meetings; all to actively create one of the coolest technologies and companies in the world!
The WHY behind what I do gives me energy, a lot of it. Here’s my personal story:
After the TEDxOlympia talk, I was able to spend a few days at a cabin in the Olympic Mountains. When I woke up 3 days later, I had crystal clear vision. I could see all of the value we’ve been creating as a team. In the warp speed of the day-to-day, it’s sometimes hard to see where you are and what you’re building toward.
Warp speed tests you when you are at your worst; stressed and tired. Like sprinting through a marathon.
And I’m inspired by this months Fast Company article called “How I get it done; Wallow in your failure.” The title shocked me because I go there a lot these days. Here’s the takeaway from the article:
Good leaders can become revolutionary ones when they take charge of their own narratives. "The moment we deny a difficult experience, it owns us," Brown says. "If we are brave enough, often enough, we're going to fall. Rising Strong is about what it takes to get back up and keep being courageous with our lives."
Leadership to me is about constant self-reflection and holding your tongue in the middle of tough, stressful situations and it’s been challenging. I was particularly impressed with one of the other TedX Olympia speakers, Madieline, a high school student who is also trained at conflict resolution. She recommends asking the Golden Questions:
1- What is your greatest concern?
2- What do you most want to see happen?
3- What do you most want the other party to understand?
Every day, hell practically every hour, I have the opportunity to be the person I want to be in the world. My advice to anyone who is afraid of taking that big leap is to just go for it. It makes for a better story, and in the end, with experiences of both success and failure, we make our world so much more interesting.