Just finished a 14 mile run. However the first thing I did before I ran this AM was my Headspace sports meditation. The biggest opponent is always inside and my crazy has a loud voice. I believe that meditation and yoga makes me more resilient as an athlete and entrepreneur.

I feel like I’m on my way to being able to take on anything and later this year I’ll find out while I push equally hard to do an Ironman and raise money to grow and scale thinkspace. I’m starting to feel like I’m drawing power and energy from mediation + yoga and this isn’t “slowing down” or “self-care” but just another fuel source to ensure I can push harder, become even stronger, and increase my threshold.

For those of you that mediate or practice yoga, how does it help you as an entrepreneur and/or athlete?

As we launch our Lake Union location we’re doing both meditation and yoga at work and training for an Ironman. Join us?

The reaction when Darla found out she can come to work because we’re now a dog friendly office space! Yes, Thinkspace Lake Union is dog friendly! Come apply to join us! https://thinkspace.com/why

 

So excited to have our first floor venue space available for the world to enjoy! We can host events up to 120 people! Let us know if you want to use this space in February!

rocketdog-communications-michael-elliot-400x400Announcing your go-to Marketing/Digital service provider at thinkspace: RocketDog Communications! RocketDog is excited to bring award winning creative and branding experience to Thinkspace’s new location and business model.

“One of our core values is “grit” and we love that it aligns perfectly with the Thinkspace team’s values as well!” said RocketDog’s own CEO Michael Elliott.

Make sure to stop by RocketDog’s office on March 1st to see how they can help your company!

Intense! Today I put on a Katalyst Suit, a compression textile with embedded electrodes that provides EMS (electromagnet shock) to 80% of the core muscle groups. It was set to a threshold level that felt like I was at mile 22 of full marathon. I was told that my 20 minute workout was equivalent to 90 minutes in the gym while not actually lifting any heavy weights, in fact, all I was holding was two small white towels. My abs, quads, and calves were on fire from doing this. Its going to be really interesting to see how my muscles feel tomorrow! We’re looking at bringing this Katalyst Suit to our new thinkspace Lake Union location. I’m curious if you would consider giving something like this a try?

Work is always better when you do it with someone who will challenge you to be your best and teach you something new. Know of a company or individual who would fit in to a space like this? Send them our way!

For every company that you refer that signs up for an office with Thinkspace we will send you a $100 Amazon gift card! It’s a win-win.

I played poker with Martin Tobias for all the money that I had in my pocket. Take a guess how it ended up?!

“Play for everything in your pocket every now and then. Just to remind yourself your are alive. And your pockets can get refilled” – Martin Tobias

Like poker, entrepreneurship is an all-in effort and we’re definitely all-in again with the launch of the new Thinkspace Lake Union location. We’re looking for heads down entrepreneurs with enough grit + resilience and have the right mindset to go all-in too. If you know of someone that fits mold please introduce me! https://thinkspace.com/why

We are looking for the top 5 service providers for startups in Seattle to secure offices inside of our space on Lake Union. We are capping the number of service companies in order to maximize value for all members at thinkspace.

By vetting through and selecting the best, we know every startup in our space will be confident they are working with the best. No more being bombarded with an overflow of unneeded information. Entrepreneurs don’t have time to interview and select the best providers and that is why we will be doing it for them!

Are you a service provider in the Seattle area that can support our thinkspace community without fighting for the business with other service providers? Do you have a passion to support growing businesses and traction in the startup world? Join us and hold your office hours relaxed in your office or on our floating work lounge while knowing you have been selected to support our amazing members.

Examples of what we are looking for: IP Attorney, CPA/Bookkeeper, health benefits professional, business formation attorney, marketing professional, etc. If you think you have what it takes email katie@thinkspace.com or apply at thinkspace.com/why

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All I wanted was to push the edge out. A little margin is what I wanted. Marathon after marathon I kept running head on into my shadows. All of these challenges that I continue to throw in front of me are mirrors of my deepest darkness. Facing everything that feels unsolvable, entrepreneurial endeavors, relationships, everything I deeply care about I’m recognizing that I can’t brute force anything and have it turn out well. I do know the only thing I control is how I show up… and then put in the work.

The Seattle Lake Union Thinkspace is a culmination of everything we know and everything we are. Pouring everything out for this one. If you know any entrepreneur that is looking for a different kind of training ground and be around other like minded entrepreneurs, please see this space please send them my way.

Nine years ago today on May 1, 2008, I started Thinkspace. As I reflect back on my nine-year journey of running thinkspace, there are things that I wish I knew then that I know now. So I’m about to step back and look at some of the mistakes made it feels a little bit painful and embarrassing kind of like watching a recording of yourself on video. It’s uncomfortable, but, in a healthy way. I wrote this open letter to myself from the perspective of Old Me sharing with Young Me what to look out for, and thought I would share it with you too.

Dear Peter,

  • Young me: Bad advice has ramifications to you, your family, and your team. Find mentors, advisors, fellow entrepreneurs who have successfully done what you’re trying to do and get right sized advice. – Old me
  • Young me: There are six human needs. 1) Certainty 2) Uncertainty 3) Significance 4) Love and Connection 5) Growth 6) Contribution. Meet four of your customer needs at a high level and your customers will be addicted. – Old me
  • Young me: I wish I would have known how important it is to have alignment on the following levels: 1) personal 2) family 3) employees 4) customers. It would have saved me from a lot of pain. – Old me
  • Young me: When you say yes to something, you’re saying no to something else. – Old me
  • Young me: If you don’t understand people, you don’t understand business. If you treat people at the end like you did in the beginning, there never would be an end. – Old me
  • Young me: Say what you actually believe and you will attract those that believe what you believe. – Old me
  • Young me: The social era will reward those organizations that realize they don’t create value all by themselves. – Old me
  • Young me: Customers are not loyal to cheap commodities, they crave the remarkable, the unique, and human. – Old me
  • Young me: Extend more grace and service to people. When someone is struggling, extend them more support and love, when you think you’ve given enough, dig down and give them more. – Old me
  • Young me: There is no weakness in forgiveness. – Old me
  • Young me: Always maintain a beginners mindset. There’s a lot to learn out there. If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room. – Old me
  • Young me: Read these books before you start your company: 1) The Startup Owners Manual by Steve Blank. 2) Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder. 3) Lean Startup by Eric Ries. 4) Linchpin by Seth Godin. 5) Drive by Daniel Pink. 6) Who by Geoff Smart. 7) The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz. 8) Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits! by Greg Crabtree. 9) The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna – Old me

Love,
Old me