Author: Jen S.

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A perfectly framed question

I once worked for a CEO who could make me sweat simply by asking me a question. One day, as I was reapplying deodorant after a particularly tough meeting, it occurred to me that he wasn’t doing this to be a jerk. He was doing it because it was his job to make sure we had thought of every possible angle before committing the resources of the company to a particular course of action. And so was born my obsession with becoming a great question-asker.

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When we feel overwhelmed by the task ahead of us, stuck in a job we don’t quite love, or feel out-of-sync with our partners, it’s easy to feel as though we’re somehow deficient, that we alone are being kept out of the “having it all” club. It’s important to remember that everyone is living within the constraints of their choices.

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Putting Work Back in the Box: Work-Life Balance After the Project Ends

This week I am wrapping up a huge, all-consuming project that I started more than a year ago, but has totally and completely consumed my life for the last 3 months. And as I reflect on this significant professional accomplishment, I’m struck by the fact that I’ve essentially been living the life I know many entrepreneur and start-up professionals live every day. My truth is that I can’t wait for it to be over.

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My Tribe

I got to spend most of last week with the people in this world that I feel most at home with. Colleagues, friends, compatriots with whom I have walked through fire, at work and in life. They are friends, to be sure, but they so are more than that. It was not the first time I’ve felt the true benefits of having a “tribe” – a collective of people that understand your life, your work, your experiences, your passions on a deep, fundamental level. And you understand theirs. I’ve been lucky to find these people at every point in my path, but there was something magical to having them together in a concentrated span of space and time. I felt right, I felt confident, and I felt an energy that continues to fuel me, even a week later.