I wanted to wait to publish this week's post, so it coincided with Thanksgiving. It's a proper time to give thanks to those around me. Also, it's a good time to reflect/ appreciate experiences to shape my entrepreneurial journey.
Since Thanksgiving last year, I've done many things:
- Published Postmortem of a Failed Startup: Lessons for Success.
- Joined an early-stage startup.
- Spoke at many events.
- Started 100 Strangers, 100 Days.
- Read six books with subjects ranging from sales to leadership to personal development.
- Upped my yoga game, practicing at a legit yoga studio.
- Maintained good strength and development in the gym.
- My SalesWise team. Joined them at the beginning of this year, and we've been through a lot with our pivots. However, we're getting some good traction now, and we've learned a lot. We've poured a lot of effort into the company. We've also had fun doing it. Meanwhile, the team has trusted me to do a lot. They've continued to put their faith in me to do right by them.
- Infinity Yoga -- that "legit yoga studio" I mentioned earlier. They were recently named one of the Best Small Business by Mindbody, and it's easy to see why. The community at the studio is special. The culture cultivated by Becky (owner) and the other yoga teachers is amazing, and I'm proud to be a part of it. It's why no matter how busy I get, I make time to end many weekdays at Infinity. Oh, and yes, the yoga teaching is top-notch.
- Communities at Atlanta Tech Village and Starbucks. Atlanta Tech Village is a great place to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs. They've been there, done that, or are doing that. Starbucks, meanwhile, continues to broaden my circle of people from all walks of life. It may be a local Starbucks, but the people who walk in and out of the doors are anything but "local".
- My close friends. You know who you are. Many of you were editors for my book. Many of you have attended my speaking engagements to support me. Many of you "stop by" (via random texts, emails, etc.) to just say hello and see what's happening. The little events are what make a big difference. Spending hours or minutes with people is great. But even a few seconds to say you're thinking of me or have a question is precious.
- My oh-so-many new friends. I've met so many people (beyond the Strangers) who continue to shape my day-to-day. I meet them at ATV, at Starbucks, etc. It's an amazing feeling when you see these new and old friends. They always manage to bring a smile to my face no matter what. When they flash a smile, I can't help but do the same. Smiles matter.
- My family. Hard to say anything without my family, right? They've always been there to also pull me out of my work and alone time. My niece is growing so fast, that it's been beautiful to watch.