Greetings from New York City!
I'm in the midst of a three-city tour (Austin, NYC, and Boston), pitching Emerging Women to investors, meeting our community, and connecting with friends, old and new. On trips like this I'm always amazed by how important each encounter is, no matter how seemingly random.
It wasn't until I became aligned and "on purpose” with my living that I began to see the intentionality and relevant interconnectedness of everything around me.
When we announced Dr. Jane Goodall as a speaker, I talked about the importance of plugging into our natural ecosystem for energy, connection and rejuvenation. Here's the thing -- your business has an ecosystem, too. And at the core of each ecosystem are the most basic cells that hold everything together: PEOPLE.
Here's a story: I met a young entrepreneur in Austin who had a business that piqued my interest. After connecting briefly, I asked for her card and offered her mine. She looked at my card as if it were coated in something not-so-savory and explained that if I was memorable enough, she would be motivated to track me down - that was how she stayed in touch. Needless to say, she did not have a card herself, and so we parted empty-handed.
Admittedly, I may have challenged my brain cells over the years in ways I would guess this perky, barely-25-year-old had not, or perhaps she has mega-memory super powers.
But what struck me the most here was the missed opportunity. She might have been part of my ecosystem, maybe in a way I wouldn't learn until much later, but I was curious to find out. I might have been able to connect her to somebody that would complete a vital corner of her world. Alas, I can’t remember her business or even her name as I write this...
If you can hang with the view that everything that enters your field has the potential to nourish your ecosystem, you will find yourself leaning into every encounter with eagerness and true curiosity.
Your ecosystem will naturally grow and flourish – because when you approach things from this open vantage point, you tend to accept a wider variety of species into your world. And doesn’t that make for the healthiest of systems?
As much as I wonder about the paper waste of business cards (which I could wallpaper my office with at this point), I see them as totems helping me treasure each encounter I experience along the way. I can feel the ecosystem that is Emerging Women growing into a vibrant jungle of feminine power.
Founder, Emerging Women
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What makes your ecosystem flourish? Share your insight with the tribe in the comment section.