Today was my first day pitching Momni at BootUP, an accelerator for startups in Silicon Valley! I’m in a cohort of 10 amazing founders… here’s the lineup:
Our first day consisted of each founder pitching and getting grilled with questions and blasted with feedback! IT WAS AWESOME! (And hard and unnerving.) To my delight, I learned that for the rest of the week, they are turning up the heat and having each of us pitch twice daily on different aspects of our startup, with the same grilling, drilling and thrilling with feedback.
The speakers, mentors and coaches are amazing!!! The bios they introduced themselves with blew my mind that I was in the same room with these heavy hitters. I also get to have several private mentoring sessions with each of them over the course of the week AND they each present to us on different topics related to mindset, pitching, investment, market strategy, storytelling, competitive advantage, team building, etc.
Yesterday’s presentation was by a Silicon Valley tech lawyer who has 30 years of experience and has personally handled over 350 mergers, acquisitions and investment rounds. Now here’s where the post title comes into play… as he spoke, I painfully realized that the new knowledge that I was receiving brought unpleasant awareness to my mind that I HAD MADE MISTAKES! He was training on how to find, get introduced to, present to and negotiate with angel investors and venture capitalists. The longer he spoke, the more mistakes I could identify that I had already made. What I love about having made these mistakes, however, is that they are FIXABLE! And now that I have more knowledge, better training… I CAN FIX MY MISTAKES! And NEVER make them again!
So maybe it’s not that I LOVE making mistakes… I love discovering my mistakes so that I can FIX them as quickly as possible and NEVER make them again! Mistakes are great! They are not the problem… the problem is NOT learning and improving and fixing our mistakes.
So onward and upward I climb this Mount Everest in front of me… MISTAKES and all. Because if I held back in fear that I would make mistakes as I charged through this mammoth project of launching a startup… I’d just quit right now. Making mistakes means that I’m moving ahead and learning as I go! I’ll clean up after myself as quickly as I can with each day of learning how to do it better!
Here’s an attempt at courage that I made today (trying not to worry about making mistakes—I’ll focus on improving as I go). I did a FB Live from my AirBnB in Silicon Valley. Yep, lots of mistakes in there (happy to make them because I’m doing something new and stretching myself)…. but I did it and I’ll do it better next time.
In our mothering and marriages, the same idea applies to our relationships. Mistakes are great! They teach us how to improve… IF we are looking to improve and care more about the solution and the fix (and especially the PEOPLE) than we do about the pain of the mistake. The magic of mistakes is recognizing and reversing. The faster we identify and improve the situation, the better. And then not make the same mistake again. (I love making mistakes to facilitate GROWTH—but I HATE making the same mistakes over and over again.)
There you have it… my thoughts for today… I hope your day is filled with faith, family and fulfillment.