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Is It Too Late to Be Awesome?

#sxsw #not2late


In June 2013, a discussion was had between friends of who we admire in the tech/entrepreneur space. Included in those were the 'usual suspects'–Kevin Rose, Tim Ferriss, etc. Before long, we were lamenting around it being too late to be awesome. A blog post was born we were surprised to learn just how many people were affected by the feeling of 'unaccomplishment' due to a wide variety of confidence-killing factors.

When we dug deeper past the surface of fighting ourselves mentally, we can start to identify unhealthy relationships that have been formed with comparison and perfectionism. Being authentic is important–without it, these poisons can hold us back from creating, connecting, or simply just being. We want to "make a difference", "make our mark", or "be awesome", and the answer is not in "what more we can do", but rather "how can we come alive?".

We must slow down, remove distractions and then – and only then – will we be able to get out of our own way, and "do awesome".



Chanelle Henry

UX Architect & Educator


Hello there, I'm Chanelle, Director of User Experience at Bluewolf, and Founder of CHD Collective.

I believe in the power of education, and I have a collection of classes I tinker with at Skillshare, and a series of how-to videos over at Howcast. I teach and consult with startups about how to refine their goals, make progress, and develop a creative plan. I've worked with companies like QVC, MutualMobile, Exygy, United Nations World Food Programme, Benetech, Merck, and Belk. Taught with Howcast, at Temple, and some prevalent networking events. I've been featured in YFS Magazine, The Revolution, and Startup Digest.

I have an educational background in Psychology, Computer Science, and Advertising & Design and constantly thinking of different ideas to solve design problems.


Rashid Zakat

Partner/Art Dir


Rashid is partner and art director of WJS, a digital design and strategy agency that helps brands (Delta, Nike, Comcast, MSG, Amerigas, Dockers, NBC) craft unique stories that engage their audiences. When Rashid isn't working with WJS he is an award-winning filmmaker, amateur DJ, and budding cook.

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