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Deep breath. It’s been a week like no other.

I can see the cruise ship (yes, the one with the 21 coronavirus patients) docked in the port of Oakland from my window as I type this.

This is not another email to suggest you wash your hands or to practice social distancing (you already know that!), although I’ll admit my own hands have never been so scrubbed in my life.

Instead, I’ll share a personal story. You’ll see how it ties to current events in a minute.

I stepped into the shower in December 2007, 4 months after a clear mammogram. The next moment was that moment no woman ever wants to experience. A lump. Yes, it…


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My husband and I are both hard-working, busy people. So why is he so much calmer and more relaxed?

Somehow, he never seems to run out of time, with plenty to spare to walk the dog or fit in a fly-fishing trip. Meanwhile, I have to constantly remind myself that there are enough hours in the day to accomplish what’s important.

Throughout high school, college, and my career, I’ve been fueled in part by what I thought of as healthy anxiety. …


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If you’re a consumer, you’re more powerful than ever.

With so many independent brands springing up, and with increasing transparency online, you’re empowered to choose products from companies that share your values. You can decide to only buy cosmetics from companies that don’t test on animals, for example, or to support local businesses by shopping at your neighborhood farmers’ market.

When companies respond to your values by creating products that are good for your health and the environment, it’s a wonderful thing. …


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Here’s the best daily productivity hack I’ve ever found: End each day by thinking about the next one.

This means that almost every evening, I block out the next day’s calendar with an eye toward the most important tasks — the ones that will actually push my business forward.

I call this “living in my calendar,” and it’s my secret to a more productive day.

Essentially, “living in your calendar” is a to-do list brought to life. It forces you to think not only about what needs to get accomplished, but how much time each effort is worth. …


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I have a smart, well-educated friend who always seems to find a way to love her job.

I also have a smart, well-educated friend in the same industry who seems to find a lot to complain about in her work life.

The first one is at the peak of her career, overseeing a large team, and is in demand in her field. The second hasn’t progressed very far and has lost her job more than once. And I can’t help but think attitude has a lot to do with the difference.

After all, attitude is infectious and powerful.

It comes…


Here’s how to avoid the bad stuff.

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I recently strolled into a large beauty retailer and asked where I could find the clean (i.e. healthier) makeup. The sales associate pointed me to an area with signs saying things like, “Free of parabens and phthalates” and packaging so earthy-looking that the products had to be better for my health. Right?

Well, not so fast.

The truth is that many conventional beauty companies are responding to consumer demand for makeup that’s better for our health. That’s a wonderful thing.


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In the 1990s, I was working at Claris, an Apple subsidiary, when I learned I was pregnant with my daughter.

Our CEO, the late, great Bill Campbell, surprised me with a coach to help me anticipate the inevitable chaos that was bound to ensue once I became a mom. Executive coaching was typically reserved for higher-ups, and I was just a product manager, so this was an incredible gesture.

While I didn’t know it then, one story the coach told me would change my approach to work for the rest of my career.

She told me a story about a friend who moved to New York City to find a husband.

This young woman had decided that New…


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“When you don’t have time to meditate is when you need it most”

As the co-founder of a startup, NakedPoppy, work is on my mind constantly. I mean, it takes full-on obsession to create a company out of thin air.

So, when I try to separate myself from work — specifically when I meditate in the morning — my to-do list tends to creep in and interrupt me. It’s a real struggle to clear my mind when it wants to churn with the responsibilities of the day ahead.

In an ongoing effort to dismiss stressful thoughts, I’ve uncovered a special mantra: I have enough time to do everything I need to do today.


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What do Steve Jobs, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Ben Horowitz, and Sundar Pichai have in common?

These storied business leaders were all coached by the late, great Bill Campbell. Up and down Silicon Valley, you find Bill’s influence. It seems like at every successful company, there’s someone on the leadership team who was a “student” of Bill’s. He taught so many so much, myself included.

Since his sad and untimely passing in 2016 — and with the recent release of “Trillion Dollar Coach,” a book about Campbell by Silicon Valley heavyweights Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenburg, and Alan Eagle — I’ve…


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At my first job out of business school, I encountered a grouch.

She was the kind who, if you let her, would ruin your day right off the bat. She managed to set a negative tone in pretty much every interaction. This was actually a topic of conversation on my team. Every morning, I would walk by Bella (as we’ll call her) and could actually feel myself being pulled down by her energy.

So I decided to try something new — partly out of desperation and partly to see what would happen. I’d counteract her demeanor with glowing positivity.

Each…

Jaleh Bisharat

Co-founder/ceo at NakedPoppy, a clean beauty startup. Former cmo/vp mktg @OpenTable, Amazon, Upwork, Eventbrite.

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