I SLID DOWN A WATER SLIDE THAT WENT THROUGH A SHARK TANK: My girls had a professional day from school last Thursday and, rather than spending the day working on what I would say to these aspiring entrepreneurs and leaders, I got a cabana at the Golden Nugget and spent the day in the 80 degree sunshine sliding down a water slide that actually goes through a shark tank over and over again. It was beyond cool. You have to walk up three flights of stairs, so I also got in some much needed cardio and my 4 year old dare devil, Mia, was my enthusiastic partner in crime as we went again and again and…. well, you get the idea. No, I did not have any billion dollar idea epiphanies as we slid down, but I found my inner courage during the last half and opened my eyes as I slid on by the sharks. In my mind those sharks were scared of this curvy brunette flying through that tube into their habitat. Sure, the reality might be that they have seen a million people sliding on by and I’m confident they aren’t terribly impressed, but the entire experience was once in a lifetime for me.
I WATCHED TED TALKS STREAMED LIVE AT INSPIRE THEATRE: I figured if I can’t beat em, join em and sat inside the Inspire Theatre in downtown Las Vegas with six or seven other passionate souls as we watched the TED talks streaming live. In one morning alone I heard Simon Sinek talk about leadership, heard heart felt stories from the California Highway Patrol Guardian of the Golden Gate, and learned about modern parenting concepts that challenged me to stop worrying about wether my children are happy and instead focus on just raising good human beings. I wish I could tell you that my billion dollar idea came to me there or that I was able to jot down notes for my talk, but neither of those happened. I took it all in, was wildly inspired to think bigger, and relished soaking up the first class knowledge in such a first class venue that I still can’t believe is located right in my own backyard.
I WENT TO THE GYM WITH A FELLOW AUTHOR: You know it’s bad when I choose the elliptical trainer over writing my friends. It got just that bad, so my friend, soon to be world famous author Aimee Groth, joined me at the gym where we chatted about book proposals, Burning Man, and life over some much needed cardio. Again, I wish I could tell you that this led to a speech writing break through, but it flat did not. If anything, it reassured me that I was not the only wildly talented individual in my community that doesn’t have it all figured out just yet. As Aimee shared that she had to make the decision that she was attending Burning Man- just like that she made up her mind that it was going to happen- and then she set about making it so, it reminded me that I needed to get off my ass and decide to make my speech happen. Well, I also decided that my oldest daughter, Bella the artist, and I are definitely attending Burning Man this August, but it was the reflection upon my own life that I needed.
Eventually- yes at the midnight hour- I finally wrote my speech and it’s going to be magical, so I will share that with you next week once I have the video, so you can tell me if the midnight hour was the time to write it or if I should quit my day job. Some days you just don’t wanna and that’s ok. Somedays you want to slide down a water slide, listen to some TED talks, or hit the gym. Part of the entrepreneurial leadership journey is embracing those moments and letting them take you where they will.