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A message from Tom

From: Steve G.
Sent on: Thursday, August 4, 2011 1:13 PM

Hi everyone. Thanks again to everyone who attended last night. Tom asked that I share this with all of you.

- Steve


A sincere thank you to everyone who came out last night. It is incredibly wonderful seeing the community come together and support one another like this. The more we can continue moving forward as a cohesive entity the stronger we'll all be.
While talking about my hip is a difficult thing for me to do (so I humbly appreciate all the support), my goal was to tell an inspiring story of turning obstacles into opportunities. Through that I honestly hope that some of you were moved and found some words of wisdom and encouragement through the tale. I'm here to help and will do anything I can to support everyone else in this growing community, so please don't hesitate to contact me with questions, input, assistance, or anything you may need. You can reach me through any of the following and I'll gladly setup a time to meet in person, on Skype, or simply correspond through email. The community is key -- and I'll do everything and anything I can to help support and grow it. @tomgiles [address removed] Having gone through such an extreme and strenuous experience that I did, I was forced to learn firsthand how to make the most of my situation and not only survive, but excel. Some of the lessons I've learned include,
  1. The importance of surrounding yourself with incredible support -- a quality "team" is essential in all walks of life. Without my parents supporting me through my surgeries I never would have made it through those first few months let alone the entire 8 years. StageBloc would never have been in the position it is today without my incredible team of co-founders, developers, friends, and advisors. And the entire MKE startup scene wouldn't exist without the support and community being grown through such groups as Spreenkler.
  2. Organization can make juggling the many hats we all wear far easier. I personally abide by a "Evening To Do List" routine through which I map out the next day's plans before bed each night. Try it sometime; it's incredible how much your productivity will increase when you know exactly what to do when you start your day.
  3. Don't accept failure. Success is often made by those who simply never give up. To them, failure is not an option. If I could test for perseverance, I would hire everyone who passed.
  4. Network with other entrepreneurs, creatives, and like-minded individuals. The entrepreneurial community is key and paramount to everyone's collaborative success. In developing scenes like Milwaukee we're all in this together...
Though circumstances led us astray during my presentation, I hope that my story and message can help you in some fashion...


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