One person at a time
The power of one
One mantra that I have imbibed in the last couple of years is “Leave everyone and anyone better than you met them” and I met one person recently who uses this as a guiding principle - Angie Madara.
Angie's purpose has always been clear—to create technology and build products that not only enriched lives but also left a trail of positivity in its wake. She possesses an unwavering belief in the power of one—the idea that a single person has the ability to change the world, one person at a time.
Here’s a brief summary of what I gleaned from my conversation with her;
Embrace failure and learn from it
Angie shared her experiences with projects that didn't work out as planned, such as her health tech platform and a job-seeking platform. While these projects may have been failures, Angie emphasizes the importance of learning from these experiences and using them to create better, more successful projects in the future. Failures are not always terminal!
Build a support system and network
Having a solid support system and network is essential for anyone. By connecting with like-minded individuals and leveraging the power of networking, people can break through barriers and create lasting impact. Your network basically helps you navigate the various stages of your journey.
Angie emphasized the importance of being humane in all aspects of life and focusing on building and improving the lives of others. She mentioned that if a relationship is not making someone's life better, it is best to remove oneself from that situation. By giving value and making a positive impact on someone else's life, it is likely that they will reciprocate and contribute positively to one's own life.
In conclusion, Angie's journey of empowerment and leaving a lasting impact mirrors the core teachings of a book a read a while ago - Tony Hsieh's 'Delivering Happiness’. Through her dedication to uplifting others, building transformative products, and empowering women in the tech industry, Angie epitomized the essence of her mantra. Her story serves as a beacon of inspiration, inviting us all to embrace the mantra of leaving everyone and anyone better than we met them, and in doing so, create a world where happiness and compassion thrive.
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