Destroy the idea that you have to be constantly working or grinding in order to be successful. Embrace the concept that rest, recovery, and reflection are essential parts of the progress towards a successful and happy life.
- Zach Galifianakis
We were 20 minutes into a coaching session aimed at sharpening my client’s company’s goals for the year. I was challenging her to begin by zooming way out.
“What do you most want to have achieved 10 years from now?” I asked.
“I want us to have built one of the definitive brands in our space,” she replied. …
It was my very first board meeting, and I had no idea what I was doing.
Although I had been running my startup for three years, I had never had a board before. To be honest, even with an MBA under my belt, I did not really know what a board was supposed to do or how it was supposed to work.
As the meeting started, I walked my one board member through the long deck I had meticulously prepared.
I spent the next two hours trying to convince her that I was doing a good job of running the company she had invested in only a couple of months earlier. …
In 2014, I found myself going through a time of tremendous change and stress. I was the CEO of a company that had recently raised our Series A. We had ambitious plans for the year, and I needed to show up with a clear head for the work at hand.
But at home, I was facing the loss of a child, a complicated divorce, and my first few months as a single-parent.
Life was overwhelming to say the least.
Up until that point, I was not particularly intentional about my mornings. I might wake up, check email, hit the gym (maybe), then head to the office. …