Everyone in LA has their life together

I’m in LA to speak at StartingBloc (one of my favorite organizations on the planet) and have elected to stay at an Airbnb in the heart of Venice Beach. I’m going on day 2 and, in short, the Airbnb is impossibly cute, the people are impossibly beautiful, the shops are impossibly chic and after 48 hours in this perfectly designed hipster paradise, I’m starting to get a little itchy.

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A few truths about my first 2 years of business...

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: starting a business is a rollercoaster. Sometimes it’s so fun you could scream, other times you’re one downturn away from losing your lunch. The 2nd year has been completely different than the first. Both have had their ups and downs. Honestly, I’m rolling into year 3 feeling more confused than ever. That’s why I’m writing this now. I’m in the thick of it, working my way out of the mess, and hope it’s helpful to read if you’re in the same boat.

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Why I say 'no' to awesome things

Today I was connected to a brilliant scientist. She was looking to compile her lifetime of atmospheric research into a book. Pretty cool, right? As we talked, it became more and more clear that she was looking for a ghostwriter. Nearly every part of me wanted to say yes.

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Why is patience a virtue?

My entire life I have been told that patience is a virtue. I’m sure you have too. This word has come up with such alarming consistency this week that I had no choice but to dive deeper and make it the Weekly Word. Patience is a balm that I have spread on myself for years. This is why I was so startled when I learned that the Latin origin of the word is ‘suffering’.

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The story that lasts

Isn’t it frustrating that we can’t possibly have it all figured out right away? Whether we start a company, blog, book, new relationship, job, there is inevitably a learning curve involved. Something we’re so certain of today falls apart tomorrow. And, if we listen closely enough, something better emerges from that falling apart.

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How to stay stuck

Last night, I went to a holiday party. I found myself next to the hors d'oeuvres talking to a woman whom I’ve met a few times before. We settled into a conversation about pets (a popular topic among acquaintances). It didn’t take me long to realize that I was conversing with a walking Story Trap.

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