The Cat Who Got Handshake 2.0 in The Huffington Post

We've been asked to explain about the cat in the story we told of how Handshake 2.0 was quoted in  The Huffington Post.

Handshake 2.0 founder Anne Giles Clelland was quoted in The Huffington Postthe top-rated Technorati blog, by Patricia Handschiegel

For The New Power Girls: How to Strike Balance in Business, Anne wrote, "The paradox of being a woman entrepreneur is that intensity is often needed in other areas to counterbalance the intensity of the entrepreneurial life." 

Anne had that insight upon her husband pointing out her extreme efforts to find balance in her life, like teaching her cat to do tricks…

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If you're interested, here's the whole story:

Patricia Handschiegel wrote a series for The Huffington Post on women entrepreneurs entitled The New Power Girls.  She quoted me, founder of Handshake 2.0, on 1/16/09 in The New Power Girls: How to Strike Balance in Business.

Handschiegel compiled a list of women entrepreneurs and e-mailed us questions.  We answered.  If what we said worked for her, she quoted us.

These were the questions she asked in one of her e-mails:

1. How do you strike a balance in your life between owning your company, your goals, and everything outside of it?
 
2. Everybody has those moments where they struggle with creating a balance – what are your ways of bringing things back on track when you're under pressure or super busy?
 
3. Please share any anecdotes, stories of how you juggle life while running your business.

This was the part of my answer she quoted in The Huffington Post:

The paradox of being a woman entrepreneur is that intensity is often needed in other areas to counterbalance the intensity of the entrepreneurial life. 

Classic activities for seeking balance are playing with pets, gathering with friends, meditating, or exercise.  I do them all, acutely.

This is the full answer I e-mailed her:

The paradox of being a woman entrepreneur is that intensity is often needed in other areas to counterbalance the intensity of the entrepreneurial life. 

Classic activities for seeking balance are playing with pets, gathering with friends, meditating, or exercise.  I do them all, acutely. 

I've taught my cat to sit, run through tunnels, and jump through hoops.  I meditate insistently with a timer, and my women's group has a depth-seeking meeting protocol.  I train not for one sport, but for three as a sprint triathlete.

Only through many, weighty, highly focused activities – not one or two casual or light ones – can I counterbalance my entrepreneurial drive.

And that's the cat who sits, runs through tunnels, jumps through hoops, and, yes, even shakes hands.

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