Julia Lemberskiy has been a marketing and operations executive at companies such as Uber and Rocket Internet for the past decade, in addition to being a serial founder and angel investor. She currently works with over a dozen high-profile hyper-growth startups to help them scale their growth channels and operations as part of her firm JJ Studio, and recently joined the VC fund Frontier Ventures, investing in US-based early-stage startups with network effects.
The numbers above equal 880 days since I started the Podcast, over 300 hours of editing, over 5,000 hours of content, and over 100 Guests….and the Just Get Started Podcast is just heating up.
I didn’t realize the amount of time I’d take to get this far when I decided to begin. And as the great Jesse Itzler says, “I didn’t come this far to only come this far”. So I sure as hell am not stopping now.
The time investment never comes across the mind of someone determined to get outside their “fear neighborhood” and start something. Until I wrote those numbers above (and used a calculator to help) I never cared about the amount of time because all along the journey to achieving my mission was the most important.
I balked on starting the Podcast for two years out of fear of what others would say and a poor self-confidence that I could even do it.
I battled myself.
…But then I acted.
I built up this confidence, not in a single day, or a week, or even year but over a long period of time of consistent reflection and glances in the “accountability mirror”. I realized that maybe I could be the voice for others that have fear in their life. Those that have a fear to take the leap.
As Brene Brown once said, “I don’t leap for the perfect landing, I leap for the feeling in the air”. I thought that maybe I can be the invisible nudge they’ve need all along to take the leap.
And that’s why I began on this quest.
And that’s why I continue to battle the doubt that creeps in and the imposter syndrome that looms too closely in the night.
I know I can be their rock when life is holding the scissors in the hopes that the spark inside them fuels a bigger fire that can light the path for others in the future.
The numbers are irrelevant. The only ones I care about are the people positively affected by the message.
As long as that number is >1 then we’ve succeeded.
If you’ve read this far down then you get it. You feel the burn. You realize you have something deeper inside that yearns to get out into the world. You owe it to others to let it out.
Life is too short to keep pondering.
Let’s get started, shall we?
I can’t thank everyone but a few quick shoutouts….
Thanks to Matt Heinz for being my first guest on the Podcast
Thanks to Gary Vaynerchuk for 9 years of being my “virtual mentor”
Thanks to Ryan McGuire for the great design work
Thanks to Rich Keller for coining my ONE Word, “The Navigator”
Thanks to Rob Munz for being the best Mentor and Friend anyone could ever ask for
…And Thanks to the Late, great Coach Larry Hynes for telling a young 18-year old that “You have incredible Pitch and Tone, You should be on the radio someday”
Truly blessed. Truly Grateful.
100+ Episodes and We’re Just Getting StartedBrian Ondrako2021-03-19T10:41:54-04:00
Chris Meade is the Co-founder of CROSSNET, the world’s first four-way volleyball game. Now sold on Target, Walmart, Amazon, and 20+ marketplaces CROSSNET is becoming a household name in the outdoor sporting goods market. In 2019, CROSSNET surpassed 2.25 million dollars in sales.
It’s not every day that a new sport is created – but that’s exactly what happened when three friends from a small town in Connecticut combined an old game called four square and volleyball. Growing up together in the “Quiet Corner” of CT, brothers Greg and Chris Meade constantly sought new sports and activities to keep them busy with their childhood friend Mike Delpapa.
One night in May 2017, Chris, now 26, got together with his brother, Greg, 25, and Mike, 25, got to reunite. Reminiscing on recess days playing four square, the three friends struck an idea for a four-way volleyball game that merged traditional volleyball with the four square. By dividing the court into four quadrants, rather than in half, they envisioned a new game that incorporated the nostalgic feel of recess. After creating a prototype, inviting their friends to come play and not being able to turn them away they knew we were onto something!
Since that moment over 2 years ago, the trio has made it their mission to spread the game of CROSSNET throughout the world.