Susie Hadas and I met several years ago at an event in Manhattan and we hit it off immediately, as we share the same passion for women’s issues. We had not connected in quite some time, so when we had lunch a few weeks ago, I asked her to share her thoughts with us. It is with great pleasure that I introduce my friend and colleague, Susie Hadas:
Barbra Streisand’s big screen debut in Funny Girl was in September 1968. Even though I was very young, I vividly recall sitting in a darkened movie theatre listening to Barbra belt out “People.” I was stunned by the sonorous quality of that voice.
Every now and again, something happens that reminds me of that song. One of those “somethings” happened a couple of weeks ago, when I had the good fortune of having lunch with the founder/CEO of Grohen Technologies, Olga Cohen.
We were happily catching up and chit chatting away while enjoying our lunch, but as soon as the plates were cleared, the tone of the conversation changed. Olga wanted to know how I was feeling. After all, I had spent the better part of this past year making the incredibly hard decision to close the company that I founded 5 years earlier, and going through the emotional pain and expense of actually taking the steps to make that happen.
Although the tearing down experience was heartbreaking, I hadn’t reached out to any of my fellow entrepreneurs to talk about it. I pretty much kept it to myself, and felt very alone. Pardon the vernacular, but it sucked.
And there was Olga…beautiful, compassionate, and super smart Olga reaching out to me. Wow. Did we talk! It was truly cathartic. I left the restaurant feeling as though an immense weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I wasn’t the first or only person to close down a business! Clarification… I really did know that; however, I was being that woman who is kind to everyone but herself. You know what I’m talking about. How critical of ourselves are we? Ugh!
Olga’s company tagline is:
But, what does that really mean, and how does that tie into the song, “People”? Olga knows that women helping women is a two-way street – reaching out to women when we need help, and reaching out to women in need of help. There is no need to struggle along by your lonesome. There is so much help to be had, and it comes in a wide variety of forms.
Don’t be shy. You do not have to go it – whatever “it” might be – alone. Be kind to yourself and use those resources, because as the song goes…”people who need people ARE the luckiest people in the world.”
Susie Hadas:Entrepreneur, Inventor, and believer in reaching out while seeking her next great adventure. Feel free to contact her at: Susie@PersonallyCool.com