Backstage Capital founder and venture capitalist Arlan Hamilton’s productivity trick is to forgive other people for their wrongdoings.
Forgiveness will keep you from dwelling on what other people say about you or their unfair treatment toward you, Hamilton told Business Insider. That way you can focus more on your job.
We named Hamilton one of our 100 People Transforming Business earlier this year for shaking up the VC world by investing only in underrepresented founders.
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Arlan Hamilton’s trick to getting stuff done isn’t jotting things down on a planner or drinking more water: it’s forgiving others.
Hamilton, the founder of Backstage Capital and one of the few queer black women in venture capital, found that agonizing over the unfair ways she had been treated in the past kept her from doing her job.
Earlier this year, for example, Hamilton said she spent days thinking about an instance where she had been “unfairly portrayed” online. She soon realized she was spending more time thinking about other peoples’ actions than getting her job done.
Hamilton made a decision to forgive the people who she felt wronged her — that way, she took control of the situation and wasn’t as impacted by other peoples’ actions.
“Once I did what was in my power to do and forgave them, I was back in control,” Hamilton told Business Insider. “I got a lot of work done, and we’re stronger for it as an organization.”
Hamilton created Backstage Capital in part to counter the impacts of unconscious bias in venture capital. Founders who are women, people of color, or LGBTQ are less likely to get VC funding, according to a 2019 study. Hamilton herself recalled being told she must work twice as hard to be taken seriously in venture capital, she told …read more
Source:: Business Insider