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3 year olds don’t stop knocking.

It’s the night where you contemplate how much of a candy stash you need for all the kids that come around with their trick-or-treat wishes and today, I stocked up and settled in to answer the door for a few hours — who can resist?

I had a very interesting observation I never expected to have. The doorbell currently has a mind of its own; sometimes it chimes, sometimes it doesn’t, so I taped a “please knock” sign over it to make sure I didn’t miss one little precious bumble bee, zombie or baseball player.

Through the night, I noticed that 3-year olds don’t stop knocking.

They read my sign and started knocking and never stopped until I opened the door. In addition, the triplet bumble bee,fairy and witch stumbled into the house, pursuing the candy bowl, stopped only by me, and that bowl of candy in my hands. But in the spirit of any great quarterback (ah, name one?) they would have continued their pursuit if not for mom who laughingly said, “stop, don’t go into the house silly girls”. 

Why is this anything you ask?

Enthusiasm. Blatant pursuit and focus on their end game — candy.

I relate that to a start-up and the ability to be just that, focused, enthusiastic, always moving forward.

So today, I’m going to remind myself of my ‘inner 3-year old’; the one who keeps knocking and continues to move forward to my end goal, which seems to be a good thing to contemplate on any day.

Happy Halloween.

How to succeed as an entrepreneur in Seattle (resources & comments).

Thanks to Michael Surkin for hosting this live radio discussion, it was great fun to be a part of it! You can listen to the livecast here.

Here are some of the resources I mentioned and we talked about for entrepreneurs of any kind that may be useful:

A website of events and resources with an impressive open and collaborative group of folks via listserve is open to anyone. Topics include anything startup, technology, business and more.

Organizers: Chuck Groom and Gaurav Oberoi

A collaborative organization that focuses on startups in the Seattle area with the focus of helping tech entrepreneurs build great companies. Great posts, great events, great folks.

Organizers: Marcelo Calbucci, Danielle Morrill, Alyssa Royse, Andy Sack, Anthony Stevens, David Aronchick, Gerry Langeler, Jennifer Cabala, Sasha Pasulka

A calendar of various technology events across many regions, Seattle included. Techvenue is a promoter of local & worldwide technology-related business events organized geographically in an easy-to-use set of calendars.

The Northwest Entrepreneur Network’s focus is on helping entrepreneur’s succeed. Events, meet and greets, Pub nights, think tanks, seminars and other programs provide valuable resources.

Organizers: A non-profit with great contributors, sponsors and community leaders.

A great ‘co-working’ solution that provides short and long term desks & offices in a collaborative environment next to other technology folks. More importantly they also offer free monthly one-on-one meetings with leaders in their area including usability, finance, legal and more. Brown bag lunches, talks, events, all Seattle based.

Organizers: Andy Sack, Mike Koss and others.

A resource (seattle included) for all things entrepeneur, finance, VC, events, etc. with a thumb on the pulse of tech and startup.

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