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Sunday, July 23rd, 2023
What I learned this week | Be Around People Who Make You Sweat
Hey team, Happy Sunday.
We shipped our third episode of Loan Geniuses — a podcast where I interview members from the Huddle community to learn about their lives and careers. If you haven’t listened, it’s like a “Behind the Music” for creatives.
The fourth episode features Huddle investor and Snapchat designer Stephanie Engle. Steph is a designer, entrepreneur, photographer, competitive equestrian, and more. I learned a lot from talking to Steph about building a portfolio career, following your passion, and getting into rooms with people that make you uncomfortable (in a good way.) The whole episode, along with key snippets, are linked below.
Have a great weekend,
🔖 My feed this week
Episode 3: Be Around People Who Make You Sweat with Stephanie Engle
This episode's guest and Huddle investor, Stephanie Engle, is best known for her role as a product designer at Snapchat and as an angel investor in product-driven companies. Before Snapchat, where she works mainly on AR experiences, she worked at Airbnb, was the first product designer at Cruise Automotive, designed interfaces for self-driving cars, and started her career in Silicon Valley at Facebook, creating VR experiences.
Listen to episode 3 on Spotify below. Catch it everywhere else here.
🎶 What I learned this week
Here are just a few quick takeaways from my chat with Steph.
1. "Be around people who make you sweat." I.e., surround yourself with people who make you just a little uncomfortable because they're so good at what they do that you're forced to step it up and play bigger.
2. "You're always closer than you think." We're typically only 1 or 2 people away from that dream job, the perfect investor, new hire, or person who'll make a key introduction and shift your life's trajectory. This one has been especially true for me. I met Ryan Leslie bc I attended an event I almost decided to bail on and sent a cold email afterward. Stephanie Golik found me on AngelList randomly back in 2015. The impact and number of other amazing people I've met through just these two people is ridiculous - Danny Quick, Nathan McCartney, Samir Rayani, Stephanie Engle... the list goes on and on. Naming just a few here, but you get the idea.
3. Having a "portfolio career" can boost creativity. Steph does *a lot* of different things - photography, Airbnb hosting, competitive horseback riding, investing, entrepreneurship... all in addition to being a designer at Snap Inc. We don't have to limit ourselves to picking a thing. In fact, outside endeavors can make us better and more creative in our primary careers.