By David Blake, PT NYC Coach
We all start our business with an idealized concept. It's that perfect vision we offer to the world as a reflection of our core values and ideas. Then it all goes downhill. To be viable it needs a tweak here, a tuck there and suddenly we realize we are looking at a different vision and business than when we started. Often, we now find ourselves with a business which may not fully fit who we are and our core values and passions.
So what to do? It's a tough emotional choice; and yes, I think this is a emotional choice rather than a analytical choice. There's a relevant question surprisingly few think to answer: Is the viable business the business for me? Is my current lifestyle, interests, relationship status, job and financial status compatible with the business - and if not am I willing to change my priorities to fit the needs of the business?
By Sarah Jacobs, Girls Are People Too
Two months ago, I walked into a room of people buzzing with chatter and exploding with ideas. I was nervous, excited, and mostly intimidated. I didn’t know how to answer the questions that I was being asked. I didn’t know who was there to interview me and who else was being interviewed or if the person sitting next to me had a ‘better’ idea than I had.
I felt completely out of my league- Why was I sitting in this room with established entrepreneurs and future success stories when all I had was an idea?
I’d like to say I realized it then and there, but it’s a taken a few weeks to realize that I am a PresenTense fellow because I believe in creating social change. Each seminar, meeting, and milestone so far has taught me that it’s my passion, my idea, and my venture that will create a difference in society. Each passing week has also revealed that each fellow is at a different point in pursuing social change- some are able to talk about their ventures flawlessly, and some are still working their venture out.
I want to do what Kid President urges us to do: I want to create something that will make the world awesome—with an emphasis on create. Thankfully I always have plenty of ideas, but I don’t yet know how to move an idea into implementation; over the next few months, this fellowship will be giving each cohort the tools to take those steps. And that will (hopefully!) make the world awesome.
By Samuel Klein, Limmud NY Connections
Among the scattered red clown noses and glitter I danced.
It was the closing hours of Limmud Los Angeles in 2010 and Craig Taubman, of Sinai Temple’s ‘Friday Night Live’ fame, was holding a Rosh Chodesh Adar get-together. With the cascading electric guitar riff of ‘Lord Get Me High’ by Shlomo Carlebach melting my limbs, I imagined the new month of Adar washing over, with its promise of joy, general abandon and spirit of community at play. On Rosh Chodesh, that spirit found expression in exquisite and delicious dance.
Dancing with me were children, teens, singles, young-marrieds and grandparents, drawn from across the Los Angeles Jewish community and internationally; the room reverberated with their laughter and their song.
Three years later, it’s almost the month of Adar again, but this time, I am track chair of Limmud NY’s Social and Communal initiative, Limmud NY Connections!
PresenTense NYC Fellowship
Igniting social change in the NYC Jewish community.