What Are You Missing? Time To Stop Overlooking Valuable Networks (And Opportunities).

By June 12, 2019No Comments
J. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

In his book Ideas Are Your Only Currency author Rob Judkins challenges the reader to design camouflage for an urban animal (“can you hide a grizzly bear in McDonald’s?”).

Why even bother?!! IS my sarcastic reaction to this creative exercise. 

My why bother is not to kick creativity to the curb. Just think about how we move about in this world – from buses to cabs to planes to well, frankly sitting around the dining room table: 

Why bother when we all have our faces stuck in our mobile devices? 

Here’s a #BYDN challenge for you:

What if you just left your phone in your pocket…what opportunities to provide assistance or to spark a new idea or even the chance to simply be inspired, lend an idea, suggestion or hand could you have? 

Think about it. Without looking at your phone.

Now, give this a try.

What are THREE things you can do on your phone that you could do IRL instead?


Feeling really brave? Then try this:

Scroll through the images stored on your mobile device.

Did your phone have a more engaging time at a recent event than you did?


If you answered yes, then repeat the pictured activity or retrace your steps, without using the camera on your phone.

J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey

Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (1 of “10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene”). Empowering A Billion Women By 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. Not bad for a former corporate lawyer. She’s a limited partner in two emerging tech funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and can frequently be found on Twitter @jkhoey.