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Counting My Lucky Stars

Posted October 3, 2014

Tonya Lanthier, RDH

When I travel, I like to be organized.  Having a family and a business, I need to make the most out of my time.  I want to know that everything is going to run smoothly, so I make sure the details are taken care of.  On my recent trip to New York, everything did not go according to plan.  Instead, the stars did align and everything worked out wonderfully.

I traveled to New York to attend the amazing Inc. Women’s Summit.  It was at the Dream Downtown Hotel, where else!  What a fitting place to have the conference.  A Wall Street Journal reporter had been scheduled to interview me, but that fell through.  That’s when my stars starting working for me! I turned it around.  I spent a truly inspirational day at the Inc. Women’s Summit with dozens of fellow entrepreneurs.    The energy and enthusiasm were off the charts!  I also met the editor-in-chief of Inc. Magazine with my new friend from Georgia, Britney Vickery- who owns Initials Inc.

I really connect with one of the speakers Anese Cavanaugh.  She developed the International Energetic Presence Method (IEP), which she used to help leaders of all kinds optimize their impact and solve challenges they face.  If you are in business, or even if you’re the CEO of your household, she has some great free information on leadership and energy.

While the day was wrapping up, I got a text invitation from a fellow member of the Entrepreneurial Organization, my wonderful hostess Monique Muir, to hear Simon Sinek speak at an event for the New York’s EO chapter.  Turns out, Britney loves Simon, who wrote the book “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action.”  We hailed a cab headed to Toshi’s Living Room & Penthouse at the Flatiron Hotel.  We met many New York EO members, and I was thrilled to run into Erin Wicomb, Whom I met last spring on my trip to Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island.

Since the interview was a no-go, I decided to make better use of my time and visit one of my connections at NYU’s College of Dentistry (the largest dental school in the country).  Only problem: my connection was not available.  Again, the stars aligned.  When I asked my dental friends on Facebook whether they had any NYUCD connections, and about 20 people responded.

While listening to Simon Sinek’s fantastic talk, I looked up the address for the NYUCD event.  I did a double take when I learned the “Rooftop Welcome Party” was in – or rather on top – of the building I was in at the moment!  Who says commutes in New York are brutal?  NYU was welcoming dental students back for the fall, and even Dr. Calamia, the Director of Aesthetics at New York University’s CD, was there.

One big opportunity – that major interview – didn’t happen.  I could have let that torpedo the entire trip.  Instead, I decided to live in the moment, reach out to my connections and try and make the best of the trip. And that made it the best trip ever to New York!  So when you hit a bump in the road, keep going.  You never know what will be on the other side of the bump. I’m counting my lucky stars I did!


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