That morning, staring me in the eye were a herd of freshly baked sugary treats, resting in cardboard boxes on a set of round tables, placed behind the last row of seats, and a room full successful entrepreneurs, leaders and professionals of New York.
I was attending Founders Breakfast at @GrindSpaces (a co-working space). The event entailed a #CuuriousChat with, the NY bred, Lauren Maillian Bias (author of The Path Redefined and a successful serial entrepreneur), curated by connector-ninja-entrepreneur Kelly Hoey (CMO @Cuurio + a Canadian by roots), followed by questions from the audience.
As I stood there by the donut and waffle oasis, juggling a sugary treat and hot coffee, I was welcomed by the charming @TammyTibbetts, Founder/President of @ShesTheFirst who I had met previously at an event organised by the energetic folks @TheDesignGym.
Within minutes, Tammy, through a close friend had me standing face-to-face with Lauren. On introducing myself, I quickly realised I hadn’t come prepared with my elevator pitch. Lauren engaged with me in a genuine way, leaving me with no choice but to purchase a copy of her new book, The Path Redefined.
Thus began the conversational-narrative of between Lauren and me. While everyone’s reading habits may vary, I prefer going cover to cover in a single stretch- squeezing words between the day including subway rides, during laundry, before sleeping, while drinking coffee- you get the drift?
The book begins with a journey into the past of a little girl, eyeing The Big Apple, from behind her corner-street lemonade stand. From there the book illustrates the power of building a serendipitous life by design.
Lauren describes how surrounding yourself with successful people and creating opportunities by being open of your dreams and goals can leap-frog you into powerful positions (but at the same time refraining from trampling anyone by being genuine and ethical in your approach).
Thinking and believing big, becoming an expert and building a diverse network of people so that your next opportunity is only a degree of separation away. While drawing inspiration from real issues faced by budding entrepreneurs to describing in-depth solutions head on, the book, in a beautiful way, takes you through a girl’s journey from stepping away from her initial business for good to raising two kids as a single-mother and powering through tough times with her “game-face” mentality as a successful entrepreneur.
The experience of reading The Path Redefined is equivalent to having one long conversation with the author, over the weekend, at the cottage nestled between the mountains with a stream flowing nearby- a cup of coffee in hand.
As a reader, you will find the bullet-summary sections at the end of each chapter to be a treat. An easy way to remember and register the big picture.
Favourite quotes from the book:
-“Engage in genuine conversations. People are people no matter how accomplished they are.”
-“Every move you make is monitored in some way.”
-“Realise the power of your silence and know when to hold still.”
-“Stay actively involved in all your network and keep all of your connections warm at all times, even as you add new people to your network.”
-“Be more interested than interesting, especially when you’re new to the game.”
-“It’s the person, not the degree or the resume, that gets hired.”
-“Show that you can persevere with grace during difficult situations. Problems are a part of life, and we all encounter them, but how you handle them will be most memorable.”
Keeping in line with the serendipitous teachings of The Path Redefined, I am going to leave my copy on the bookshelf at Birch Coffee because, by the stroke of luck/fate, the story of Lauren may inspire the next Facebook or Google.
Others can find a copy on Amazon.