4 Simple Ways to Rock Next Year

How I tackled 2020 might help you thrive in 2021

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Beautify your world: children’s rainbow artwork in a public park in Berlin during the COVID-19 pandemic

1. Listen to Experts. 🎤

Yes, of course, that applies primarily to scientists. But I’m also referring to people doing other important societal work and who share their observations transparently.

2. #DrawTogether. 🎨

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Did you know a peregrine falcon can fly at a speed of up to 220 mph?
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During bird week, we illustrated a peacock and I added a poem for good measure.
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It can be useful to identify your internal weather. Naming our emotions is a great starting point for EQ.

3. Make time for others. 👐🏽

I’m pretty active on Twitter and Linkedin, learning from others, and sharing resources. When people ask me for input on a project or personal connections to founders, VCs, or industry specialists, I aim to make time for these requests. Right now this is extra important to do.

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VC Makers event results, organized by Ollie Forsyth

4. Find your work tribe. 🚀

Now that I’ve joined a new team where I continually refine and optimize my skillset (including editing, communications, PR, social media, networking for good, project management, visual creativity, and more), I realize something plain but crucial: Always contribute your best efforts. But when necessary, don’t stay too long in a role that doesn’t a) utilize your widest range of skills or b) sufficiently support your professional growth. There’s bound to be the right fit elsewhere. You owe it to yourself to find that out. Employment is a two-way street, where both parties need to see and value a great match.

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Pre-lockdown, reading the German papers at Earlybird’s office featuring our SpaceTech portfolio company.

Reporting from within a Venn diagram of health, tech and empowerment. Berlin-based. Internationally minded.

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