Have you ever stopped to evaluate your life in terms of small decisions you made that impacted who you are and what you do? Decisions such as a left turn here, saying hello to a stranger, picking one place to eat over another? Ever wondered what life would be like if you went the other direction, ignored that new person or picked the sub place over the soup place?
Simple decisions like these are sometimes the most important choices we can make in our lives. They often seem meaningless at the time, and yet each choice we make leads us down different forks in our life. Sometime they intersect with, and change, the lives of others as well.
For Jen McCabe, a small decision that changed her life forever was deciding to drive tired, a decision that could have cost her life, not to mention those of others. Fortunately, Jen’s decision – and the accident which followed – wasn’t fatal, but it did destroy her car and shatter her knee. It also made her an entrepreneur.
When I met Jen, I was taken back by her direct and real nature. When I pick guests for “Speaking Of…” I look for character and, more important, a story that defines who they are and which might benefit our community if shared.
Following Jen’s small decision to keep driving and not pull over, she had to learn how to walk again and lost her ability to do things for herself for nearly a year. She realized there are thousands of things you take for granted and that you can often feel alone. Those realizations inspired her to co-found a company called Contagion Health that produced imoveyou.com, a exercise challenge site for helping those that you love get the motivation they need to get their health on track again.
Jen won’t drive tired again, but she wouldn’t change what happened to her. It helped to define who she is and what she wants to do with her life.
Video below (with some awesome advice for entrepreneurs towards the end).
Jen builds social systems that generate self-awareness and encourage mutual decision-making in health. McCabe was CEO/Founder of Contagion Health Inc. Contagion, a YCombinator funded startup (Summer 2010 batch). Contagion received seed funding from Founders Fund Angel and Esther Dyson in July 2010. Contagion Health merged with Healthmonth in summer 2011 to form Habit Labs Inc. The new entity is headquartered in Seattle. McCabe is acting CEO and cofounder. Buster Benson, former 43Things, 750Words, and Locovore founder is acting CTO. Habit...