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The Fast and the Fabulous

We hear a lot about the value of speed. Work fast! Move fast! No nonsense! Get. Shit. DONE!

And that’s all good. But we also know that change can take time, whether that’s time invested in planning, in preparing, in simply giving yourself the brain space to really sit with your gut, your brain, and your heart and to listen to what they’re telling you about your options.

But – hear us out – what if you could have it both ways? The time to rest, consider, think … AND still move fast? It’s totally doable, according to our January Happy Hour guests, Lauren Chitwood and Sarah Moe.

Lauren Chitwood is a serial entrepreneur. While still in her 30s, she had already started three – THREE! – successful businesses, learning from each about what motivated her most, and where she wanted to go next. Then getting on with it. How did the now-CEO and cofounder of Spiritless, a maker of non-alcoholic bourbon, make it work?

First, she acknowledges that the stakes are lower when you’re younger. Your living expenses are likely still low, you may not have kids or other dependents, and ideas of risk are very different when you’re 20 than when you’re 40+. BUT: the experience, network, and self-awareness of your superpowers you’ve gained in 20+ years of working are serious risk-mitigating factors. Use them to grease your own skids.

Ensure your next step allows you to work with people who complement your skills. A crew of colleagues who are good at the things you are not is truly the definition of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.

If entrepreneurship is on your radar, consider whether a service or product business is right for you. Consulting or planning services often mean your business is your time and your brainpower – and that has finite scope and energy. Breaks are essential to keeping things moving. And while product businesses certainly need a hefty time (and financial) commitment to get off the ground, it will use your brain space differently, and tax you in different ways.

And products like Lauren’s Spiritless Kentucky 74 are an excellent choice for those of us looking to improve another pillar of productivity: SLEEP. Yep, sleep.

Sarah Moe, CEO of Sleep Health Specialists, was there to remind us that sleep is one of the three most essential building blocks of productivity-ensuring energy. While alcohol is a sedative that will help you FALL asleep, that drowsy, post-cocktail buzz will prevent you from cycling through the sufficiently deep sleep cycles that are required for physical cellular restoration.

Sarah also busted the myth that we need less sleep as we get older. Hello, fellow 40- and 50-somethings: We still need a good 7 to 8 hours per night. So this night owl is going to mix up a sleep-friendly Spiritless Old Fashioned, and work on resetting her sleep clock to get to bed a bit earlier (with help from Sarah’s upcoming sleep solutions pop-up course especially for RSPers on Wednesday, Feb. 23rd, 2022. Sarah is offering 50 percent off her regular course rate!)

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