My attention was drawn recently to the Jim Rohn quote “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”. It triggered a brief trip down memory lane to the innovative scientists (Greg Beatch, Michael Walker) at Cardiome where I started my career; the eight years with UBC UILO rock stars (David Jones, Mario Kasapi, Brett Sharp to name a few); and then to my Hammock portfolio. The challenge and joy of Hammock is that my days are split between client commitments and founder roles; so while I can predict with some certainty where I will be on most Tues, Wed and Thurs mornings, it’s not the same group of five I’m with on Mondays or Fridays. My Jim Rohn average changes daily.
Still, just as my retrospective reminded me of the fantastic peers from my formative career years; it also highlighted a current group as well. I was asked at a dinner party what made my work so much fun (because apparently I radiate fun!). And my answer was the people I spend my days with. Sure the products are inspiring, the downstream potential exciting, but in the here and now, it’s the teams. Thus I acknowledge Jim Rohn’s insight. And I acknowledge my FIVAmed co-founders: Ben Garvey, Alastair Trower and Orlando Hung; each one working so hard at their day job and still maintaining passion and energy for FIVAmed.; they make a potent average.
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Barbara M. Campbell
For twenty years, writing business plans, funding applications and shareholder communications has been more my style than blogging. But here are a few tidbits I've learned along the way.