Today we had a special project that needed to be done in TWO HOURS. Of course it is an epic mission of proportions when you are in an entirely different time zone from those you need to talk to and you have about 7-9hrs separating You from waking Them up and well, Founders value the limited sleep they actually do have time for.
Then when you finally DO get a hold of someone, it is usually the person that does not make the actual decision, but the person who decides if you can talk to the decision maker. This is a time old situation and the bigger the fish, the harder to catch.
Trying to be a team player I got on the horn and woke people out of bed to get in touch with who I needed to talk to and it felt more like the Amazing Race than it did anything else, and the opponent I was up against was “Time,” itself. What needed to be handled was done and we will all get to read about it in two notable tech industry publications tomorrow, so it just goes to show what can be done when there is passion in your mission! Stay Tuned for the exciting news to be released in the tech-o-sphere.
I was not the actual Closer in this mission, but I could learn a lot from those who can master this feat without missing a beat. In celebration of what it takes to make it, I added a couple movie clips I love, which best showcase this CAN DO attitude. One is Devil Wears Prada, when Anne Hathaway MUST get this manuscript from the author of Harry Potter within a matter of an hour or she is fired from her job as a publisher’s assistant. The other clip is a play on Don’t Tell Mom The Baby Sitter’s Dead with Christina Applegate who is another assistant to a powerful female in business, who instructs her how to react in all situations related to her job, “Whenever we’re not alone or I’m on the phone and I ask you something, doesn’t matter what it is, you ALWAYS say: I’m right on top of that Rose!”
Brilliant. Life in the fast lane, you gotta keep up the pace in this speedy environment of startups and business in general. Some days are rough, but in the end, it’s worth it. Life is never dull.