Support Ricky’s Riders During #CycleforSurvival 2020

Cycle for Survival is important to me. This year I’m participating in my 9th year of Cycle for Survival on February 1, 2020.

I’m raising money for rare cancer research. Why? For my father, Richard.

My father, Richard, was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkin’s Lymphoma two years ago. He’s been kicking cancers ass after numerous rounds of chemo, immunotherapy and a stem cell transplant, he is in remission and doing well. He’s been fortunate to benefit from cancer treatment and advances, but not everyone is as lucky. I ride for my dad, but also for those who aren’t as lucky as him.

 

I encourage you to visit my fundraising page and make a donation that will truly make a difference.  Here are three reasons why I hope you will support my ride:

1. Rare cancer research is underfunded, leaving people fighting these cancers with few options — sometimes none. Because of the generosity of people like you, Cycle for Survival is changing that.

2. 100% of your gift (yes, every dollar!) will fund research led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to advance new and better treatments. All funds will be allocated within six months of the events. Cycle for Survival will share what was funded and continue to keep us updated on progress.

3. Discoveries will benefit cancer patients everywhere. Memorial Sloan Kettering treats hundreds of subtypes of cancer each year and collaborates with institutions around the world.

JOIN THE BATTLE and support #CycleforSurvival

Please consider making a donation to Ricky’s Riders By visiting: http://bit.ly/mpcycle20

Thank you in advance for your contribution!

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Lessons Learned from 365 Days of Consulting

Yesterday was my birthday! Not my actual birthday, but the birth of my business. One year ago, I was hired by my first client and officially became a consultant.

It was the scariest, yet most exciting and satisfying decision I’ve ever made.  Would this work? Could I really make a living being my own boss? Luckily for me, the answer has been yes. Early on, I took a number of interviews and phone screens and drove myself crazy, but after I turned down a great job offer early into my venture and made the decision to fully commit and haven’t looked back since.

Throughout my career, I’ve led global teams, traveled the world and managed numerous agencies and consultants.  To this day, I continue to learn from my mistakes and re-calibrating for ongoing success. I’m constantly learning how to figure out what I don’t like doing or where I struggle so I’m able to get help.

Below are some takeaways from the year that was, I hope you find these helpful!

“You must learn from your past mistakes, but not lean on your past successes.” – Denis Waitley

  • Small successes feel absolutely incredible.When I worked for other people, achievements in the business were exciting, but they never really felt like my successes since they were part of a greater organization. Now, every time something exciting happens, I feel like an owner. Every step forward motivates me and pushes me to work harder since I know what it took to achieve.  It feels good to know that anything I’ve achieved is well earned.
  • Set Goals. If you start a business with some success, your offerings and mind may shift. It’s like a little alarm telling you that you did something you once thought impossible, and now nothing really seems very impossible. It’s exhilarating however it can open up the flood gates allowing a million ideas that you may way to do roll in. I recommend that you set a quarterly goal for your business. Make it specific and set up an action plan to help you achieve it. It’s easy to get sidetracked and over promise to clients but staying true to myself and the goals I set for this past year has worked (so far!).
  • People don’t understand what I do, and that’s okay. Friends and family may not always understand or consider my job “a real job” since it’s outside the normal “full-time” description.  I don’t work 9-5 in an office or a traditional setting. Others perception has been one of my major frustrations over the last year. My business is important to me and it makes me happy.  I try to share what I do in a way that people understand.  I’ve learned there are ways of having productive conversations and getting what you want out of an interaction.  It’s been helpful for me to be honest with my friends and family about where I’m at with my business and letting go of any frustrations I maybe holding onto.
  • Support is key. I’ve always loved having alone time, but I get a bit stir-crazy being home all day. Building a great business means you need a great network of people to help you. Getting out of the house and doing work from a coffee shop or a friend’s couch has been a lifesaver.  I’d describe myself as a creative soul and often I get ideas from my friends within other industries and outside of my house.  I encourage people to build relationships with the people who can help to get your business idea off the ground. Connect with individuals who will give expert advice and save you from making startup mistakes and take a break to network and get out!
  • If you’re thinking about it – do it! I’m a firm believer that things always work out the way they should.  It they don’t at first, you have to keep fighting through.  Too many small businesses fail because they were never started in the first place, if you have an idea then give it a shot. I’ve been able to eliminate hours of commuting, travel, busy work for others and so much more.  And what’s the best part? Having the ability to spend more quality time with my children and family.  Until this past year, I never had time to join my children’s activities at school, meet friends for coffee whenever I wanted too, visit my parents in the middle of the day, or have breakfast with my children.  My life was a state of constant rush, drop the kids, rush to make a train or an early call, work and hustle to catch another train home to grab the kids from daycare to get home in time to put them to bed. After my second son was born, I had a harder time spending 11+ hours away from my boys in daycare every day even though I was only in the city a few times a week.  I wasn’t happy and it was really taking a toll on me and my husband realized.  He pushed me to follow my dream of setting up my own business and has been my constant cheerleader over the past 365 days.  He believed in me and kept me going, and for that I’ll be forever grateful.

It’s been a wild ride this past year, but one I plan to stay on for some time! I’d love to hear any advice you may have for a small business owner or someone new to entrepreneurship.  Please leave a comment below or reach to me directly!

 

How Can You Work More Effectively? 9 Women Experts Lean In.

Recently my colleague Tom Pick published an insightful article for G2 Planet, How Can You Work More Effectively? 9 Women Experts Lean In.” I’m thrilled that Tom included my insight within the post along with such dynamic and brilliant industry thought leaders.  

Tom reached out to me over the summer asking for my advice regarding what would help me to do my job more effectively.  I thought for a few days before sharing my feedback with him.   After receiving responses from several other thought leaders he found that several of us mentioned things like needing more hours within our day, many expressed a desire for more support and understanding from management and clients.  All of us featured provided an array of answers and I shared the below advice:

“More hours in my day!

Seriously, sometimes days fly by and some days drag on, but when it comes to events it’s always that last minute rush of things coming together which can prove challenging at time.

I often find myself in a last-minute crunch and having to prioritize what really needs to get done at any given time.  With two kids and my own consulting business, I’d say I’m a multi-tasking Momma, and working smarter and not necessary harder at all times is what’s helped me to get ahead over the years.”

What do you think? What would help you work more effectively? As my children are both back to school and settling into new routines I’m reflecting on my advice and enjoying reading other’s insight and commentary.   The photo below was taken after my older son’s Lucas first day at his new school.  We walked down the path to my car together as he told me all about his day and he reflected upon his day within a new environment with new teachers and friends.    As he described his day it was refreshing to hear a fresh perspective from someone taking it all in, a sponge if you will.   I constantly try to work more effectively and clean in and reflect, prioritize and improve and as I settle into my new routine I hope to continue to do so into the end of the year.

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As a reminder please check out Tom’s post How Can You Work More Effectively? 9 Women Experts Lean In.”

I’d love to hear your feedback, please leave a comment below or send me a tweet @marissapick.

 

 

Happy International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day! Whether you’re shopping at a women owned-business, sending flowers to some of your female role models or simply taking a moment to recognize the women within your life or around the world there are plenty of meaningful ways to embrace today.

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Today’s a special way to share the voices and photos of women that we are able to know, admire and support.  Last year was rough for for me but into 2019 I’ve really focused on finding a balance between family, work and life.  It’s not an easy task as a working mother but one which is necessary for me to make time for myself and be happy as a woman, a mother, a wife, a co-worker a daughter and so many of the roles I play in life.

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.  You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball

Not only celebrating for just one day will do, we must try out to make every woman in our life feel special.  It’s very important to understand that it is women who complete the society.  I hope you take a moment to reach out to a friend, a mother, a colleague and wish them a very happy International Women’s Day!

 

2019 New Years Greetings

“New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.”- Sarah Ban Breathnach

a444d1d64d116d61194deea7f6a02c54.pngRinging in the New Year is a cause for celebration.  This holiday break allowed me to spend time with family, friends and time to reflect on the past year.  Any time of new beginnings also goes hand in hand with time of reflection.

Whatever your personal resolutions include they will take work and it can make the difference to put these hopes into words as I believe seeing is believing. I find all of the New Years messages, cards, well wishes and quotes as a reflective moment to remind us to uphold our new years desires and share joy with others into the new year.

Wishing you a very happy 2019!

Support Ricky’s Riders During #CycleForSurvival

#CycleForSurvival is important to me. This year I’m participating in my seventh year of Cycle for Survival on February 2, 2019.

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I’m raising money for rare cancer research. Why? For my father, Richard.

My father, Richard, was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkin’s Lymphoma two years ago. He’s been kicking cancers ass. Now, he’s recovering from a stem cell transplant, in remission and doing well. He’s been fortunate to benefit from cancer treatment and advances, but not everyone is as lucky. I ride for my dad, but also for those who aren’t as fortunate as him.

Click the following link to visit my fundraising page and make a donation that will truly make a difference: https://bit.ly/2PqJruF

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Below are three reasons why I hope you will support Team Ricky’s Riders: 

1. Rare cancer research is underfunded, leaving people fighting these cancers with few options — sometimes none. Because of the generosity of people like you, Cycle for Survival is changing that.

2. 100% of your gift (yes, every dollar!) will fund research led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to advance new and better treatments. All funds will be allocated within six months of the events. Cycle for Survival will share what was funded and continue to keep us updated on progress.

3. Discoveries will benefit cancer patients everywhere. Memorial Sloan Kettering treats over 400 subtypes of cancer each year and collaborates with institutions around the world.

JOIN THE BATTLE and support #CycleforSurvival

Thank you in advance for your contribution!

XOXO

Marissa