The Silicon Valley Way

This week I attended a one-day retreat hosted by the Hive Women’s Institute. First I’m grateful to live in place where there are diamonds at my feet everyday — in this case the diamonds are no shortage of places like the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center that hosts a plethora of events, programs and curated experiences for startups — — and groups like the Hive Women’s Institute that provide deep dive experiences and connections that propel us forward.

Today was about visualizing, and then connecting to, the best version of our life that we want, and then working through specific steps we can take to manifest that from a dream to reality. Here are some of the take-aways that the group experienced:

1. We are actually not as bad off as we think.

Many of us are actually well on our way to building the company or having the impact that we want to have on the world. So we should take the baseball bat out of our hands and stop beating ourselves up — — and instead replace it with a nice glass of champagne and give ourselves a little toast before we go back to relentlessly building and being amazing.

2. The ‘Silicon Valley’ way is not the only way.

For those of us that live in this crazy bubble called Silicon Valley, it can be VERY easy to get caught up in the hype of having to come up with that “one” unicorn “venture backable” idea, or worse, thinking that this is the only place to build a successful company. The reality is that we get to decide how big of a company we want to create; how exactly we want to build it, and what country or zip code the headquarters will reside.

3. Done is better than Perfect.

We all want to create the best product or service, but the reality is that getting something done is far better than waiting for it to be perfect, because “perfect” is not an actual destination. It’s better to begin and adjust along the way, or as we say in tech “iterate”, versus wait until the perfect program or deck or feature is ready.

Today’s retreat also reminded me of the tremendous value in building your tribe — — your personal board of directors — — your accountability partners, or whatever you call that group of people that are there to support your success, because while some of us wish we really were superwoman and could do it all on our own, the reality is that we can’t (and it wouldn’t be that much fun doing it solo anyway).

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