There’s something about being in a room full of passionate people.
I was reminded of that last week, when I attended my first Linking Indy Women event Wednesday morning. These gatherings are held monthly as a way for women of all ages to get together, network and listen to one person share her story. As you guys might’ve noticed, I’m all about hearing other people’s stories and soaking up anything inspirational. So when my friend told me about this group (thanks, Aileen!), I knew I had to go.
I must admit, rolling myself out of bed at 5:30 involved a significant inner struggle. But once I stepped into the Speakeasy – an incredibly cool workspace for entrepreneurs in Indy – I got a burst of energy. (Yeah, the coffee probably helped, too.) Around 80 women filled the room, and each one of them woke up extra early to learn something and meet someone new. Awesome.
Jenny Vance was that day’s speaker. She founded LeadJen, a multimillion-dollar lead-generation services company in Indianapolis, and is just weeks away from launching PlanSoon, a social network connecting people by their shared interests. I already signed up to be a PlanSoon Pioneer — meaning I’ll always get the service free. Never know when or where I might need a rock climbing or running buddy! Check out the website to learn more.
Here are a few insights I took away from Jenny’s talk:
1. Never rule out an opportunity. Jenny said throughout college she focused her energy on the sports industry, but as graduation neared and she was still jobless, she decided to widen her scope. She told herself she’d do anything except tech and inside sales. What did she end up landing? A job doing inside sales for a tech firm. Clearly, things worked out.
2. Everyone has self-doubt. Jenny talked about the manic depressive-like highs and lows that came with running her company. Accept that it will be a roller coaster, take time for yourself, and just keep going.
3. Some people can work until the wee hours of the morning. Others need to unplug. Know how you best work, and respect that.
Happy Monday, all!