Thinking Big

If you’ve recently asked me what’s going on in my life, you’ve probably gotten an earful about Korio. Most likely it was way more information than you ever wanted to know. If this is the case for you, I apologize. If I haven’t told you about Korio yet, today is your lucky day because I will do so right now! Yes, this is real life. Take a moment to prepare yourself.

As an entrepreneurship major, my senior-year/post-collegiate path is not very well defined. Sometimes I like to joke that being an entrepreneur is just a fancy way of saying “perpetually unemployed,” but I picked this path for a reason. That reason was to eventually be in charge all the time. Control freak much? The answer is yes. Haha. But really… I’ve always romantically thought about a future where I called all the shots. I would stroll into my fabulously hip office space, filled with talented, like-minded individuals who worked hard because they liked their work instead of money, and profits would just roll in from whatever product/service I chose to offer the world. Sounds great, but I do realize this is not how it will ever really be. The truth is, starting a business is hard work, and it’s happening overwhelmingly fast.

As some of you know, I have thought about opening a dance studio someday. It’s always been the logical step for me considering my love of teaching and choreography, but this year things have changed. A wonderful professor has challenged me to think of doing something more. Which brings me to the question, why can’t I come up with the next big thing? It’s gonna happen. Someone’s going to make it happen. Can that someone be me?

Well I’m not entirely sure yet, but it looks like we’re all gonna find out, and way sooner than my daydreams ever accounted for.

To put it briefly, Korio is my attempt at putting a brand on my style of teaching dance. Similar to the Zumba format, I want to standardize my teaching method and come up with a certification course so that instructors can teach it anywhere they want. Unique to this brand is a distribution of unique lesson plans centered around choreographed routines. Sounds simple enough, right? Oh boy…nothing in business is ever simple.

I haven’t even finished my business plan for class yet, and already Korio is running. I have a pilot testing period planned for the month of June, and not one class is completed. I’m absolutely thrilled! And absolutely terrified. Can I really do this?

The majority of what’s going to make this business work is me being confident that it will. It’s taken some time form me to get there, but I have finally arrived in Confidencetown, and I’m moving in! I think I would’ve arrived here a lot sooner had it not been for my love of what is known. I see a lot of my classmates and friends moving to the next steps in their careers with the logical choice. Want to be a doctor? Apply to med school. Want to use that psychology degree? Go to grad school. Want to be an accountant? Get an accounting internship. It all seems so simple. Not easy. I am under no illusion that accomplishing any of those things is at all easy, but the next step is pretty much there for you, and anyone else who wants to do what you want to do will be taking that step too. But what am I supposed to do? If I want to start a business that’s going to take over the national or even global dance-fitness world, what is my summer job? This has been and continues to be my dilemma.

More and more I am determined to put my time into launching Korio in full force this summer. Where I’ll find the time and money have yet to be determined, but boy will it be an interesting ride. I will chronicle the business-starting adventures right here, and I’m so glad that all of  you readers (Mom, Dad, and Brett) will be here with me.

Meeting Warren Buffett

This is pretty old news, but I promised my dad some time ago that I would document the epic experience that was meeting Mr. Buffett.

FAQs

How did you get to meet Warren Buffett?
>>> I was one of many business students invited to an event that Mr. Buffett hosts annually. About 6 times a year, he will invite groups of students from different universities to be part of a question and answer session followed by lunch and a photo session. Creighton had 20 spots for students, and I emailed back very very quickly.

What was he like?
>>> Warren was great. He was witty and obviously very knowledgeable about everything that was asked. He commented openly about his personal life as well as his experience in the business world. However, he refused to tell us what stocks he was trading.

Did you get any good advice?
>>> Yes. The most memorable quote from the day was, “Always try to marry up and hope that the other person isn’t trying to do the same thing.” I’ll definitely be keeping that in mind.

How was lunch?
>>> Delicious! We were treated to lunch (on Warren) at Piccolo Pete’s in downtown Omaha. We had the option of New York strip steak, chicken parmesan, fish of the day, or a veggie burger. I chose steak (duh) and it was great. To finish the meal, we all got Warren’s favorite dessert, root beer floats.

Did you get a picture with him?
>>> I sure did! Mr. Buffett spent well over an hour taking individual pictures with every person at the event. I plan to put mine in a frame along with the autographed copy of TIME Magazine :] Best pose? Him Tebowing. The man is a rockstar.

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Just Me and 2,000 Other Women

Let me preface this entry by apologizing for the disturbing amount of time that has passed since I last posted. I know my avid readers (Mom) have missed the narrations about my daily activities, but I’ve decided to at least try to start posting again. Responsibility for this goes mostly to Amanda Brant, whose blog is way wittier and more poignant that mine will ever be. Be sure to check her out (by clicking on her name above). Also to blame is…

my SUPER inspiring day! I’ve never felt more energized and simultaneously inadequate at the same time. Let me explain…

Today I attended the ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference at the Century Link Center. Thanks to the generosity of the Creighton College of Business, I was able to listen to amazing keynote speakers (Arianna Huffington and Jeanette Walls) and participate in some thought provoking break-out sessions. It was incredible to see the passion and potential of just a fraction of Omaha’s female work force. I was disappointed, however, at the realization that I am not yet among them.

As some of you may know (Mom), I am still searching for the elusive summer internship. After many emailed resumes and in-person interviews, I have yet to be presented with even one offer. What I’ve been struggling to cope with is the feeling that I really would have done all of those jobs well, if only I was given the chance. But alas, no chances just yet. As my search continues, I will trudge along with some helpful insights from today’s conversations:

1. “Everything will work out in the end. If it hasn’t worked out, it’s not the end.”

2. As the cliche goes, “When one door closes, another one opens.” But what I realized, is that there are literally thousands of doors that I haven’t even found yet. When the door to company A closes, doors to companies B through ZZZZZZZ are still there. And that’s pretty comforting.

Well that’s all I got for today. So happy to be back! Hope you are too :]