Being an entrepreneur is unique because there is so much uncertainty. Uncertainty in timing, uncertainty that the product will be a true fit for the target market, uncertainty in scalability, and major uncertainty if there will be enough money to get to the point of profitability. Having good luck plays a significant part too (good luck is mostly good timing). There are lots of surprises along the way, but always interesting and always opportunities to learn and grow. And it goes without saying that there needs to be real commitment on the part of the entrepreneur. Being a new mom is a whole different thing that flexes a whole new set of muscles. The word "commitment" takes on a very different meaning and the need to embrace the uncertainty is critical. This is a lifelong startup. The sleep deprivation and constant breastfeeding are the craziest parts that nobody really warns us about. As an entrepreneur, I don't have to wake up every three hours to tend to my project, but I do as a new breastfeeding mom. As an entrepreneur, I can focus for a stretch of hours at a time and as a new mom, I have to be very efficient with my time. I used to think that when I had my calendar packed with meetings meant I was being "productive". Yes I did get a lot done that way but practicing Paretto's 80/20 Law now has become the much smarter way to do things: focus on the top 20% of most impactful things I can do every day and delegate the rest. I have a solid, mature, excited team who can get the job done, which also gives me the space to be creative and think bigger. The funny thing about this whole motherhood-entrepreneur thing is that the more I play with my sweet squish prince, the more ideas I have in business. I am writing the section in my new book now on how play is the new productivity and how important it is to go back to seeing the world like a child - with wondrous curiosity and awe (sans jaded societal thinking and piled on shame). My book comes out next fall and I am completely disrupting how adult books are written, you'll see what I mean... ;-) Most importantly and presently, happy 8-week birthday to my favorite, squishiest nugg-face @hirojourney ❤️❤️❤️Love is.
I pumped my breasts every three hours at @burningman and gave away most of my milk. Some people downed a whole four ounces hoping for a hangover cure. Some wanted it for their coffee to make lattes. So many were excited and curious to try it. I drank some too when I ran out of water, it tastes like sweet coconut milk! So many people told me that they had no idea that I had to keep pumping every three hours because they didn't know that breasts would become engorged and super painful if they were not pumped - nature's way of keeping mama and baby working together :-) It made me realize that most people (including me before I had Hiro) know very little about motherhood and birth and post birth and that this needs to be mandatory learning for all humans. Every human has been birthed and raised somehow and yet even the smartest people have no idea what this process looks like. Nobody learns how to become a parent, let alone a good one. Time to change this! Great parenting can change the world! More conversations about this soon! #burningman #burningman2017 📸: @annekejong
There are just no games. When he's hungry, he lets you know. When his tummy hurts, he lets you know. When he needs to fart, he lets you know. When he's tired, he lets you know. When he wants to stare deeply into your eyes, he just does without looking away. The no-game game works. Adults, pls heed @hirojourney 's teachings. The purer we are, the purer our intentions are, the more open and honest we are about how we're feeling, the better the world will be. May we not put up barriers to our emotions because society doesn't approve of em, may others not take advantage of us because of our openness and authenticity, may we keep our light and purity no matter how much others want to dim it, may we forever choose to be ourselves throughout our short lives. #holyshitwerealive