Just call me your fairy godmother

I want a wand.

I had the delightful experience of getting to speak to three different audiences recently. While we weren’t always talking about the human value proposition, the consistent message was about the need to be bold in our thinking to push us to new places. What I’ve found when I’m leading both groups and individuals, along with the “what could be” path, many are often stymied by one of the following:

  1. Fear – someone in the room might judge me.
  2. Fear – what if I fail.

I make it a point in each session to try and take the fear out of the room. I frequently use the statement: “Ok, I want you to pretend I’m your fairy godmother. Poof! I can now make ALL your dreams and wishes come true. There are no boundaries in the world you want to build. What do you see?”

I really want a wand when I do that. I think it might help the effect. Back to you and your wishes.  Continue reading “Just call me your fairy godmother”

You Are The Product

How to present yourself in a powerful & impelling way.

There’s not a week that goes by where I don’t read some article explaining successful people’s morning routines. I’ve stopped reading them as I generally end up feeling like I’m still not doing enough. Feeling bad about yourself is not a great way to start the day. That said, my morning routine includes reading articles that have collected in my digital feed from the previous day. I’m a big fan of using Feedly to make this easy. I scan through roughly 300 articles a day. One might say it’s a bit of a problem.

However, this prolific reading is a great source of inspiration and ideas for the work I’m doing. Which brings me to this week’s newsletter and a conversation inspired by one of those articles: Andrew Medal’s 5 Investment Firms Reveal What They Look For In Startups.

You should read it yourself, but the five pieces of advice were:

  1. Fix a problem others ignore.
  2. When you pitch, focus on the big picture.
  3. Create products that have a glimpse into the future.
  4. Reach out to VCs physically near you.
  5. Have a balanced founder team.

Continue reading “You Are The Product”