** I sent this email this morning to the NJ Tech Gal community and got such an outpouring of responses and requests to post, I decided to share it here on our page (grammatical errors and all).**
Good morning and Happy Friday!
I’ll try to keep this short and sweet, but there’s a little story at the end, if you are in the mood to cry, you should stick around and read it.
Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s NJ Tech Meetup with David Kidder. David was inspiring, motivational and educational to say the least. David’s message of the evening was to “find your innate gift, drop everything else, and put all of your chips in.” You can learn all sorts of practical startup advice in his book titled The Startup Playbook. To everyone that could not be there, we missed you and hope to see you at our next meetup!
Few little reminders, here goes:
- Heidi Messer was named 1 of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs and she is coming to chat with our group on March 27th in a small group setting. Learn how Heidi built and sold her company for $425mil and ask as many questions as you like during Q&A. There are only 13 seats left for this event RSVP and bring a friend here
- NJ Tech Gals and NJ Tech Meetup are having a springtime social on Tuesday April 2nd RSVP and bring a friend here
I’ll leave you with one last note. Last night, David recommended using the interview question, “How lucky are you?” when hiring top talent. If the interviewee says anything less than an 8, don’t hire them. As I was driving home last night (on my long trek back to the beach), I thought, at minimum I’m an 8 (I like to thing I’m a 10!). Just then I noticed my gas light was on E (like ‘couldn’t see the red light anymore’ E) and I was on a stretch of the NJ Turnpike with no gas stations…..at midnight…..40 miles from my house…. and I had forgot my wallet at home yesterday morning… and I had no cash (I had a quarter)…. and everyone I knew was asleep. I started driving really slow and turned off the heat to make it to exit 8A rest stop. I thought I could pull into the rest stop and smile really hard and ask really nicely if the attendant would let me pay with PayPal and all would be wonderful in the world (sidenote: gas stations don’t accept PayPal, but they should). He said no, sorry. So I asked him what he recommended I do. The lady in the car behind me must have heard my pleading bc just then another attendant shouted out, “The lady in this car just bought her $20 in gas. She’s good to go.” As you can imagine, I was almost in tears and SO grateful to this mystery lady. As I was pulling away, the attendant said, “Wow. You’re really lucky.” All I could do was smile and say, “I know.” Point of the story is to just show up and be prepared for good things to happen to you and luck will come your way.
Wishing you a weekend filled with luck and awesome-ness,