I’ve been tracking all my time while on a computer this week and it’s broken down to 30.5 hours. 49% of my time is spent on communication and scheduling, 21% on business, 11% on design and composition. I am very hopeful that hiring an executive assistant is going to be one of the best decisions I could make and I’m really excited about this. Have you hired an EA before? What was your experience? Here’s the JD for the position: https://bit.ly/2In7zPo
We’re down to the final stretch before our March 1st Lake Union launch. From the work side we’ve only got five offices left before we hit 100% pre-lease occupancy. We’ve got twelve days or 244 hours left!
From the personal side, I’ve run two half marathons in the last two weekends and tonight I went for a swim and covered 120 lengths, 3000 meters, or about two miles.
Mentally and physically, it’s time to give it all we’ve got. Be strong, maximum effort, set a new threshold, and get across the finish line.
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.
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.
- 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
As CEO, I’m so happy to announce that Katie Walvatne has been promoted to General Manager.
Katie has the leadership, grit, and resilience to be successful in this role and she has done an outstanding job in many areas of the business. Specifically, Katie has been invaluable in creating partnerships, cultivating relationships, and is a natural connection creator. It’s been extremely important for me to have someone fill such a critical role that aligns with the core values of the company. We’re all excited for Katie to take on an even larger role in the company!
Katie’s new responsibilities include oversight of our Customer Experience, Community Management, Operations, and Recruiting Business Unit. I’m excited for the growth that she and her team will bring to the company and I am looking forward to supporting her in much success in the upcoming years. Please join me in congratulating Katie!