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I am what you call an excessive planner. My husband starts packing his suitcase 30 minutes before we’re about to leave for the airport, whereas I start three days prior and get anxiety if I haven’t finished everything a full 24 hours in advance. We both know that neither of us is right, yet we are too hard-wired to change. Most of the time my tendency towards excessive planning has a net neutral impact on my life (and is highly needed to balance out my other half), so I don’t mind it and have never tried to change it. But there were definitely moments when my need to over-prepare nearly sabotaged important breakthroughs. …


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This is my first post on Medium, and also my first post on entrepreneurship. Prior to this, I’ve spent most of my life and energy on breaking through as a musician, and I imagine that most people who know me from my work will be surprised that I am writing about anything other than the music industry. But, the more I think about it I realize that there are few professions that could have better prepared me for the bumpy road that startup founders take. While musicians have historically been viewed as self-indulgent party animals, these days many artists single-handedly find ways to build their brand, reach huge audiences, and find creative revenue streams. …

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Betsie Larkin

Fashion startup founder and recording artist

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