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…to the center of a tootsie pop.

June 9, 2009

Picture that early 90’s cartoon with the wise owl and the young child. “How many licks does it take to

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get to the center of a tootsie pop?” The question, posed by TootsieRoll, never had an answer. The point? “Just lick”.

Yesterday, I met up with an friend from college I hadn’t seen in a while. We were catching up on relevant life matters, where we had been since graduating, relationships, jobs and lack of

jobs, etc. The question, ‘so how is work’ was inevitably asked, and I happily went on to state how much I like my job and how the work I am doing is very exciting. At the end of the day, it is pretty remarkable that I can honestly say I am involved in transforming rural healthcare in developing countries. I mean, who wouldn’t want to say that?

We then got to the subject of buying houses. It was at that point that I said the reason I am postponing buying a house (not like I could now if I wanted to, anyway) was to save money to start by own business. Of course, we ended up talking about my ideas for a green coworking space in DC. The more and more I talk about it, the more I realize it is my passion. I am very passionate about my current work, but it is not mine.

At one point, I told my friend that I know a lot of the things I have to figure out, but I just don’t know where to start. His response? “Well, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop? You don’t know, you just lick.” That was his clever way of saying, just do it, and you’ll get there. It was a simple and yet very effective way to visualize what I need to do. That is, start small and work on small tasks rather than getting overwhelmed by the idea of the entire start-up process.

This summer, I’ll use this as my motto. “To the center of a tootsie pop!” (eventually, “and beyond!”)

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