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Stay Positive

July 17th, 2009

The last few months have been invigorating in New Orleans.  There have a ton of exciting things going on in New Orleans, and the momentum in the entrepreneurial ecosystem is swelling to a head.

One thing that I’ve noticed myself slipping into, that I’m calling myself out on is the human tendency to lift yourself up by pulling others down.  Something we’ve all known about and experienced since grade school.   It’s a human tendency to compete, but I think its so important to understand that we are competing globally and nationally.  The work we are all doing is to expand the pie, not slice it up in ever smaller pieces amongst ourselves.

With that in mind, I pledge to:

  • Support my tribe, New Orleans entrepreneurs (and not just those in Launch Pad).

  • When I have something nice to say, I’ll sing it to the world.  When I don’t, I’ll keep my mouth shut.

  • Focus on family, work & friends. Balance.

  • Help people achieve, succeed, and go further than I have.

  • Not succumb to the petty or get sucked into squabbles.

  • Give what I can when I can, and be honest when I can’t.

I’ve been so inspired by working around the Launch Pad family.  It is such a great vibe here, and we’re just getting started.  I know that a big part of that is the support that we all provide for eachother and the successes we do and will celebrate together.

Negativity is such an energy suck and so unproductive.  Positive energy is all I have time for right now.  So, I’m brushing it off and ready to rock n’ roll.

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