No Plan B

One of the best pieces of advice I received from a mentor was — there should be no Plan B. Why is this great advice? Because if you’re busy thinking about Plan B, your focus and energy is not laser focused on successfully executing Plan A.

I thought of this advice (again) when I was in Detroit last week for the Tomorrow Tour. Brilliantly organized by Comcast NBCUniversal and Tehnical.ly, the Tomorrow Tour is a multi-city event series that connects entrepreneurs, technologists, social enterprises, policymakers and new thinkers, uncovering stories fueling startup growth and shaping cities of the future. With stops already in Philadelphia, Denver, Miami and Chicago (next stop is Atlanta on March 23), Detroit was truly a highlight. Why? The scrappy, determined entrepreneurs who have weathered the mortgage crisis, global economic downturn and bankruptcy of the city, yet remain passionately committed to Detroit. These entrepreneurs are not only building technology companies — they HAVE built great companies for years, and these entrepreneurs are filling in the civic gaps and building the support the city needs — from coffee shops to day care to resource networks for this next chapter of Detroit’s economic history.

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#StartedByHer Women’s History Month Girl Economic Power Trivia!

Question: Which New York City borough has the most women-owned businesses?

Answer: Brooklyn.

WIn 2012, Brooklyn surpassed Manhattan as the borough with the most women-owned businesses in the city. Brooklyn was home to 118,489 women-owned firms, compared to 114,896 in Manhattan, 97,982 in Queens, 68,705 in the Bronx and 13,921 in Staten Island. But Brooklyn is third among all boroughs when it comes to total employment at women-owned businesses.

Read more on how women entrepreneurs are making significant contributions to the New York City economy in Breaking Through: Harnessing The Economic Power Of Women Entrepreneurs a new study made possible through Capital One’s Future Edge Initiative. Join the conversation with me on line @jkhoey @YourFutureEdge #StartedByHer

Success isn’t about comparing yourself to others- it comes down to acknowledging your strengths and combining them with work that you truly enjoy. — Jennifer Johnson Scalzi on insightful takeaways from Being Greater Than: Accenture’s International Women’s Day Celebration.