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STEM Nation: How One White Lie Led to the Development of my Tech Company

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Mutale Nkonde is the Founder of a digital destination for early stage first time founders. If you're interested in starting a tech company and don't know where to start, want to connect with other early stage founders who want to learn more about this space check out Two Weeks Notice. This company is an outgrowth of the Year of the Black Woman, a series of 365 online and in person events focused on Black female and Latina wealth creation. The campaign which started in January 2015 was designed to be a thought starter for women of color interested in building wealth through the development of tech companies. Check her out Mutale Nkonde @outintwo on twitter and instagram

Her lie set her intention:

I stood up and talked about how I was developing a digital destination for early stage female founders, except I wasn’t. I was LYING and hoping not to be struck with lightening, not that day and not ever. I finished by sitting down calmly,  with little regard for the fact I had just broken the ninth commandment. Then something terrible happened during the networking segment. A group of enthusiastic women approached me to hear more about my site (that did not exist), more lying ensued and it kept going until I lied about having to get up early the next morning so I could leave. I knew then I would have to develop the site or leave Brooklyn without giving anyone a forwarding address.

I was in a blind panic, how could I go to Dumbo and lie to all those amazing women, why could I not just talk about Year of the Black Woman, one of my most ambitious projects to date? And why do I have to keep up with the Jones’s? The answer is simple, I had set the intention. Last weekend The Washington Post ran a story on the work Harvard neuroscientist Sara Lazar is doing on the impact of mindful meditation on the brain. Her research has shown that yoga and meditation not only reduce stress but make people more compassionate and even happier because they were putting these intentions into practice. The reason behind is what is called neuroplasticity, which she describes in the video above, as the ability for our brains to change how they function, when we do something repeatedly or as I have said intentionally.

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