EP76: After her business partner and best friend died two years ago from mucosal melanoma, a rare type of skin cancer, my guest Sarah Graham Fuhrmann, was forced to figure out how to carry on the indoor rowing business they had founded together 10 years earlier.
It was difficult not only losing someone she loved but also the person, well-known for her rowing expertise, their "icanrow2" business was built around.
Sarah had to deal with her grief, along with the challenges of "imposter syndrome." She wrestled with how she could possibly run the company without the rowing experience her partner had brought to the table.
But she finally realized she had other extremely valuable, and just as important, business experience as well as other strengths, built over a long career of other jobs. And she also had very experienced "rowing" coaches that had been trained in the rowing certification program she and her partner had created.
Now Sarah, even with the challenge of the pandemic and having to move everything that was done in-person to a virtual format, has continued to grow the company and learned that she can face and conquer any obstacle. And what's so heartening with her story is that she is keeping the mission she started with her partner alive and stays aligned by always checking in with what her friend would have wanted when making decisions.
Sarah's spirit shines through on our interview and it was contagious because after we disconnected from our call, I felt more energized than when we began. When you can inject someone else with positive energy, that's a powerful skill!!!
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