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This article originally appeared in Inc. on November 20, 2017



It has been nearly half a year since I left my job as a senior partner at a consulting firm to create my own startup, a think tank and advisory firm on growth strategy.

I’ve had a blast writing about 20-year trends like how cooking will become the new sewing. I’ve traveled the world to speak at conferences and continue to learn from startups and high-growth companies. I’ve been blessed with cost-effective and high-impact ways to market my new venture–my book was just named the top marketing book of the year by Strategy and Business, and I got a chance to talk about it on MSNBC.

Yet despite this momentum, I’m only cautiously optimistic. Who knows if it will last? When adversity comes–and it’s a question of when, not if–will I handle adversity well? Will I need to go crawling back, hat in hand, to find a ‘regular job’?

These questions always linger in the background, but often rise to the forefront during the holidays, Soon many of us will trek a long physical and possibly emotional distance to see family and friends, most of whom mean well but some of whom can be just mean at times.

 

 

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