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A TedX style talk for Impact Hub Oakland in Oakland CA, February 2014.

A TedX style talk for Impact Hub Oakland in Oakland CA, February 2014.
Self-care, entrepreneurship, co-working, assholes, work/life balance

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    • Don’t  work  with  assholes —and  other  lessons  from   my  trip  to  Spain   Susan  Mernit   Oakland  Local/Hack  the  Hood/LiveWork  Oakland   February  2014  
    • July 2013, Oakland, CA: ! I use my last frequent flier miles! to buy a ticket to Barcelona in January 2014.!
    • My  goal  is  to  have  a  mini-­‐sabbaHcal     and  spend  3  weeks  in  Spain  
    • By December, I really need a break— fundraising is grueling —and we don’t really make our goal  
    • By January 14, I am so ready to go:! Not only am I leaving the country for 3 weeks—I am not even bringing my laptop.!
    • Spain is amazing  
    • We eat, ! we drink, ! we talk, ! we read, ! we sleep, ! we look….! It is so relaxing!
    • We go everywhere….  
    • And I decide I love what I am doing! in Oakland! --I just need way better self-care  
    • And then I come home  
    • I have a full day of work,! a bunch of meetings….!
    • And I am in a ! terrible mood! when I go home.!
    • What’s with that?  
    • And  then  I  realize…I  am  in  a  bad  mood  because    some  of  the  people  I  had  to  deal  with  were     complete  assholes.  
    • It’s the scarcity mentality .  
    • .   Or,  to  put  it   another  way,  if   I  was  a  fruit   tree,  they’d   pick  the  fruit,   chop  the  tree   down  for   firewood,  and   then  complain   that  the  tree   DIED.  
    • And what would we have left then?  
    • So I have a profound insight ! 3 days after I come back ! from this amazing,! restorative trip---:  
    • I need better language to ! ward off the assholes  
    • “So how are you going to support! my organization?”   “My consulting rate for that work is….”   “No.”  
    • And with those words---! I should be feeling ! A LOT better….  
    • Thanks !