Payal Kadakia, Founder and Executive Chairman at ClassPass, the subscription service that offers users access to a variety of fitness classes.
"One of my childhood friends was my right hand in setting up the company. We would work out of Starbucks. We hired another good friend as lead engineer. Then my mentor gave us office space. We were there from morning till night."
"I set goals for myself every three months.
I write them down. I have five areas—ClassPass, dance, my relationship, my family, and myself—and I usually jot down one thing in each area. With dance, it might be that within those months, I want to hold auditions to find new dancers for the company. At the end of three months, if we’ve done that, I’ll feel good. The self stuff might be something health-related. I need to go to the dentist. Just writing it out makes me feel better. And it makes me not feel guilty about what I’m not doing.” "If there’s somebody you want to meet or get to know, you can. Surround yourself with people who lift you higher."
Time, Photograph by Celine Grouard for Fastcompany