Posted @ 14:13 PDT
Yesterday was really amazing to say the least. This year has been full of surprises but one magical that has been happening frequently is serendipitous moments. When everything lines up perfectly. When you things fall into place at the right time. Yesterday I found the Bicycle Coffee shop that I spoke of in last post. Before I actually walked in I was at my car changing since it was so hot.
Even before that I was sitting in my car for a while doing a one-on-one call with someone who wanted to chat. Fast forward an hour, I’m getting some clothes out of my trunk and a white Mercedes pulls next to my car. In my head I’m thinking it’s someone who wants to take over my parking space so I pay them no attention–until a woman speaks and says, “Say it ain’t so?!” I look up and it’s someone whom I have not seen in about five years — Brittany Mobley. We used to work together in Atlanta, Georgia.
So, this isn’t the first time something like this has happened. During my book tour in March of this year, I was double booked for a space at the South Williamsburg WeWork. When I got there, they told me I was actually scheduled for the space in the North Williamsburg location. You can imagine that this posed a problem since everyone of my attendees was coming to the current location.
As they tried to figure out what to do, I walked around the room to find out whose event it was so maybe I could speak with them about doing a quick book talk. I walk to the front of the room and see someone with a suit on and their back turned towards me. As I walk a little closer, a moment of recognition happens and I blurt out, “George?!” My good friend and supporter, George “MrOpportunity” Olokun (founder of The Next Big Thing Movement) was there doing one of his panels which I have been a part of before. He turned around happy to see me, asking what I was doing here in an incredulous manner, which I fully accepted. I proceed to tell him that I am double booked for the event space and WeWork wasn’t sure what to do about the situation. George looks at me and says, “Vaughn, what do you need?” Grateful. I tell him that I just need 30 minutes to speak. He then tells me he’ll give me the floor when he starts and then put me on the panel as an impromptu speaker! How’s that for serendipity??
Last night, I was with some friends of mine talking tech and business. During my last visit to Oakland, I ran into them in some random coffee shop that they never go to. I’ll spare you the story but it happens quite a bit. I guess my energy is open to that. It just reinforces my love for things happening as they should in the order that they should. Understanding this can open up so many doors.
Posted @ 14:59 PDT
Today I’m knocking out some client work. Earlier I got an email from the investment firm I reached out to earlier this week. Although, it was not the response I wanted, it was the response I needed. One of the partners responded and say that they could not invest right because it was too early for the app. A response period is never expected when I reach out to investment firms, but I think the important thing here is that you have to reach out. Right?
You have to take that action or else you’ll get a “no response” 100% of the time! Below is the email responses and feedback.
Posted @ 17:01
I came down to Swann’s Market today and had some dinner at Desco on the corner of 9th and Washington.
While I was there I met a couple from Seattle who were so friendly! Brandon and Crystal. I initiated convo because I wanted food recommendations but they were not familiar with the food either. I then shared what I was doing and they so graciously gave me things to see and visit while in Seattle! I can say that I’m definitely excited to make it up there now.