That's how my high school entrepreneur class teacher, Mr. Muller, would emphasize the word for mnemonic education as he stalked around our classroom with his old-boy charm and swagger, spouting hilarious and irrelevant stories about life and business.
I was a 15 year old girl in a room full of boys, and generally kept my mouth shut. I sometimes wonder what the experience would have been like if I had some of my trusty female sidekicks to pass notes to and giggle about the boys.
Fast forward to my adult life, and I'm lucky to know a handful of creative and intelligent women who are walking down the entrepreneurial road. Their stories have been inspiring and educational, and I now want to pass along their stories through the world wide web. Certain themes emerge from those who have passionately dedicated their time to building something from scratch, and I went to interview these women with the hopes of distilling some of those commonalities.
This first interview is of my good friend Sara Molnár, a Hungarian-American who has a passion for art curation, and who just opened her first art show in Nolita. She hustled to get sponsors, a great space, catering, and a good crowd. Downtown Magazine gave her a nice write up. I also snuck in a few questions about what's its like to make girl friends in NYC, because WingCircle.
Meet Sara :)
Laura: Hi Sara! You just curated your first art show at the Little Fox Cafe, and had an amazing turnout! What inspired you to organize the show?
Sara: I always enjoyed contemporary art, especially discovering new emerging artists and getting to know their person and their art. My dad is a hobby art collector in Hungary and that had a big impact on my life - to see him curate pop up shows out of his own collection. I dedicated my last two visits to Hungary to meeting with as many artists as possible and finding the ones that meant the most to me and spoke the most to my soul.
L: Did you ever doubt that you could pull it off? If so, what made you overcome that fear?
S: At first I was very confident that it would be amazing - I trusted that the art would draw a great crowd, and paired with some champagne and food, it could only be a success. But as the date approached, I had more and more doubts, partly because I am a maximalist. Fortunately, I was surrounded by amazing people who helped me overcome those doubts.
L: What lessons did you learn?
S: Not to rush into things, and listen. It’s the hardest to listen when you think you have all the answers.
L: Making girl friends in NYC - easier or harder than getting a normal date off of tinder?
S: I am not exactly a fan of Tinder, but making girlfriends in NYC is not easy. I gave up on that, and that’s why I mostly have guy friends, with some exceptions…
L: When you moved to NYC, how did you go about making girl friends?
S: I already had some people that I knew here when I moved to NYC, plus I also moved in with my best friend from Hungary who had already been here for a year. She and I are both very outgoing, so we attended every single event we were invited to. Also, I took jobs that helped me socialize, like working at magazines or in restaurants.
L: What's your advice to girls who move to the city and are trying to make friends and build a network?
S: Have energy and hustle, in everything you do. If you are a person who likes to be around people, then you have to hustle to find the right crowd, just like you hustle in your career or to get your perfect bikini body in the summer.
The city is moving fast; people and surroundings change quickly, so try to stick to your plans and routines. Or get yourself a hot boyfriend who knows New York in and out – that’s a good way too.
L: What's the most fun thing you've done in the last few weeks?
S: I like low key fun - biking or walking around the city, checking out galleries, and eating good food. That’s an ultimate perfect day for me.
My other favorite thing to do is leave the city - go snowboarding for a day, or fly down to Miami. The feeling I get back when I come back to NYC, like I can literally smell the energy of the city, is the best. You just feel like you have so much to do and you just want to get to it! It’s amazing.
You can find Sara south of 14th street, toting her Celine, planning her next steak dinner.