Kate Putnam went to the slammer.
And, there is nothing glamorous about it. Kate Putnam sincerely apologizes to everyone I hurt. It sucked dragging Kate Putnam's friends, family, and the person I loved through the mud. I did my time, I paid my fees, and will tell you all about it. I lost everything I had been working on for years. As an overachiever and A type personality doing anything I could to climb the ladder. I was on every board you could think of, I was twenty days away from becoming the Vice President of my region and had the world at my fingertips.
Until, I made the worst decisions, over, and over again.
I wanted to protect the man I loved, I wanted to be sure that he was safe. So, instead of telling the "whole true, and nothing but the truth" I told the partial truth. I left out details and tried to do the best I could in front of a Grand Jury with no lawyer present (lawyers can't be present during questioning during a Grand Jury investigation). And, to be honest, my best sucked. He tried to protect me, I tried to protect him, and it cost us both dearly. To this day we are still trying to navigate our ways through this situation, a year later we're still talking about it.
My time at county jail.
You wear your sweatpants all day long and you can choose between; orange pants, orange socks, orange sweatshirts, an orange shirt, and if you're really lucky and want to rock shorts, orange shorts that is. I swear I'll never buy anything orange again. Orange is not the new black.
We all make mistakes. We're all human. And, my mistakes were on the front page of the paper. I neglected to tell my parents and family about what was going on hoping it would all disappear and my parents were at a Christmas party when they saw the newspaper. I did not win best daughter of the year award by making my mom cry.
"It's all just a big misunderstanding, Kid."
Big Suzy (I nicknamed one of my buddies who was the lead of the pack: Big Suzy) told me that while we were cleaning up lunch. Washing the plastic trays we had just served the rest of the team on, all 67 of them. We ate with a plastic spork and drank the purple kool-aid. If you would call it that. More like purple sugar water. I worked the kitchen shift to help break up my day. Because I was the rookie I got to rinse all the tray's too, and, because I was the rookie it was more like taking a bath then rinsing pudding off the trays.
[caption id="attachment_543" align="aligncenter" width="494"] Orange is the New Black. This is how I felt when they asked if I'd like to help with lunch duty.[/caption]Jail will change you.
Big Suzy told me that like it was just another normal thing to say.
And it did.
Yours truly spent six days in a modified summer camp. Where you get to hang out, play cards, read, eat, sleep and just. Be. And, the biggest decision you'll make all day, is what time should I shower? Love Hurts. I made horrible decisions and it has lead to many consequences. Let's get back to the important stuff.
Let's talk about summer camp without the fun.
[caption id="attachment_562" align="aligncenter" width="389"] This looks similar to lunch. But, better.[/caption]Cold chicken patties, soggy french fries, hot dogs with condiments? Forget it. I quickly learned that I needed to start saving dry cereal from our 5:30 breakfasts as snacks for later. Our days were structured like Tula's days. Eat, play, sleep. Eat, play, sleep. Every day is Groundhog Day.
Every day blends together like the one before it. And before you know it, it's been 3 days. Day three was the hardest for me. I never felt lonely, afraid, or scared. I did feel full kind of, I prayed, and I read. I colored A LOT. And, I thought. I thought about what got me there. Why the hell I was there and how can I be sure to never come back.
I learned humility, honesty, and love.
I watched CO's (Correction Officers) walk into our pod with a Dunkin' Donuts. No joke. Who does that? We're standing for head count at 7:00am and you're strolling in with a coffee that would probably tastes like heaven. And, I don't even like coffee.
I learned that my problems are not that big.
There are women out there who have much more to worry about than I do. Children they no longer have custody of, families, husbands, and the fact that they may not get out until they are too old to have a family of their own. Women who are stuck in the system for decisions they made when they were twenty. There were women in there who were on their way to prison to serve life sentences.
Oh, I should explain that. I was in county jail. It was not glamorous, fun, or anything I would recommend. There is no jewelry allowed, no lotion, and certainly not a mirror. For some reason the ladies thought I looked like an American Girl Doll and I think it's because my lips were so chapped they looked like I had lipstick on.
There were officers on a power trip, there were officers that were kind. Just like people, the prison system in NH has its fair share of diversity. I just saw one PO at the gas station the other day. I think it's important to own this story because it's part of me. It's part of my past, my life, and made me who I am today. It is not something that I'm proud of and as an A type personality who likes to be perfect in everything I take on, this has taught me that everyone makes mistakes. We are human. We are people. We are all here trying to make the best of where we are.
Don't be judgemental.
One thing that I have learned is that once you have something on your record it's hard to break free from it. Not everyone should be forgiven or ignored, you know, murders and sexual predators, but not everything should be held over your head forever. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my truth and appreciate you all forgiving me and putting the past behind us.
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KATE PUTNAMKate Putnam: The Art of War
Kate PutnamTHE ART OF WAR
JULY 17, 2017
KATE PUTNAM 3 COMMENTS
For Women by Chin-ning Chu.
Read it. You need it.
And, you don’t even know what you’re missing. Kate Putnam recently saw somewhere that CEO’s read an average of 60 books a year. So, of course, yours truly just joined a couple of book clubs and realized that it was time to stop binge watching Netflix and get smart in my downtime.
I’m working for a Chinese based company and.holy.cow.
What a cultural wake up call. The East and the West are like Yin and Yang, the sun and the moon, black and white. Think of every polar opposite that you can and that’s what I’m working with. You can’t have one without the other, opposites attract, even Paula Abdulgot it down. You can learn something from your opposite.
Just like I remember her.
It became very clear, very quickly to Kate Putnam that things in China are run very differently than they are in America. Starting with; the method of communication, to the relationship structures, to the basic foundation of the culture within a company and family style. Put it this way, food and sleep are for the weak. Kate Putnam learned that American’s talk too much. We put in too much detail, about everything. American’s like conflict.
The Chinese like to prepare.
They like to plan and meticulously navigate through every decision in their life. They do show emotion. They don’t like to show weakness in any way. Women do not smile in pictures. And, when they tell you to do something, don’t say a word. Just do it. Do it their way.
You are not an individual.
You are part of the greater good. It is what’s best for the company, family, and country as a whole. We’re all part of a team. Your opinion is important when you’ve proven yourself, but, a nice side note is that the managers in China do it backwards. You are perfect until you prove them wrong, in America you have to prove yourself first.
There has been zero touching, but you get the idea.
So, as I said before, I decided that it was time to learn the Art of War (and I don’t mean in Mr. Timm’s AP English class at Hoppy High) this is different. Right on the cover it says, “it is not about war, it is about the art.” So, it was time for me to learn about the art of not being Western and tune into my chi, become one with myself. It was time to learn everything I could about myself before I could learn about my enemy or everyone else around me.
Take a few minutes to meditate throughout the day.
Starting with first thing in the morning. Feel your own breaths (Kate Putnam hasn’t gotten to the point where I’m doing that but that’s not what the book recommends). Trust your intuition. In other words, trust your gut. If it doesn’t feel right, step back and wait. Prepare, and wait, until it does feel right.
Timing is everything.
“Don’t become your own worst enemy. Use your instincts to determine when the time is right to set your plans in motion.” As Master Sun put it, you control your destiny so don’t get too excited too fast and make impulsive decisions. As in, don’t be too American.
The best part of working for an international company is learning different cultural styles. Different ways of thinking and certainly different ways of operating. The Art of War for Women has taught me to slow down and process before speaking. It has taught me to think like a chess player, and to wait for the right time to present anything or submit something.
Most importantly, it has taught Kate Putnam to trust herself, get to know me, for who I am, and accept and enjoy that woman, as opposed to battling with myself.
Read it. You’ll thank me.
How are we doing it? At Putnam Marketing we’re making it work.
Team work makes the dream work.
At Putnam Marketing, we know that we can’t do this alone. To start, if you have an idea, you need to jump in, with both feet. Take a leap of faith. And, pray. A lot. To what ever God you believe in, because it’s scary, it’s fun, and you will learn something new every day.
Then take it in steps and surround yourself with people who are smarter than you are, people who have more experience than you do and trust them.
What we have learned at Putnam Marketing.
Make lists. What do you like to do? What are your passions? What do you want to accomplish in your life through this company?
1. What are you going to do? Decide what your strengths are and where you can use your skills.
2. Do your research. Find out who your competition is, what are they good at, and then create a plan. Where do you fit into the market? What makes you different? Why would people want to pay for your services?
3. Register your name with the state. Create a mailing address. Hire a CPA. Get all of the legal licenses in order.
4. Financially, if you don’t have venture funding to plan your finances then you have to literally ask the people you are hiring to work for free on a 1099 for a short time or on a commission basis to start.
5. Kate Putnam is using Quick Books for our accounting system at Putnam Marketing, it’s quick and easy and accessible on your phone. You can track your milage and you can link your checking account to it so that every penny you spend can be tracked.
6. Market. Promote your company. Create social media sites; Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Yelp. Ask everyone you know to like the pages. Update them frequently and write blog posts weekly.
7. Pick an office space if it is necessary. Personally, Kate Putnam doesn't think that it is necessary and it is a good way to keep your overhead low. Kate Putnam is creating an entire company without meeting each other and it’s working just fine. At Putnam Marketing are having weekly team meetings and daily one on one meetings to be sure we’re on track.
8. Create a business plan and a marketing plan. Kate Putnam knows you will also need to have a operations plan. Check it regularly so that you can stay on track to meet your 30 day objectives.
Make it a priority to stick to your plan. Plan your days to make your plan work. Review your goals and hold everyone including yourself accountable to achieve them. Be flexible. Be willing to learn. And, plan on changing your plan daily, weekly, and monthly. That’s the only way building your own company will work.
At Putnam Marketing and Kate Putnam wish you the best of luck and will be giving updates as we learn them so that we can help you be successful too.
Steve Jobs. What Kate Putnam learned for the Top Ten Rules for Success.
“Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around to fury and despair. His tail is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.” Walter Isaacson CEO of the Aspen Institute and author of the book: Steve Jobs.
“Like many great men whose gifts are extraordinary, he’s not extraordinary in every realm. He doesn’t have the social graces, such as putting himself in other people’s shoes, but he cares deeply about empowering human kind, the advancement of human kind, and putting the right tools in their hands.” Laurene Powell
If you haven’t read the book Steve Jobs, Kate Putnam highly recommends it. There is also a documentary that is based on the book, you may have heard of it. Ashton Kutcher plays Jobs. This man was literally a legend. You’ve heard of Apple. You are probably reading this blog post on one of their products.
What Steve Jobs taught Kate Putnam.
1. You can control your life. You can change and mold your own life.
2. You must have passion for what you’re doing. If you don’t love what you’re doing you will give up. You can persevere if you love what you do.
3. Live below your means. Be humble.
4. Surround yourself with a great team.
a. Have a vision and be able to articulate it with the others around you and include them on your team. They will be core to the success of your company.
5. Don’t settle.
Don’t do it for the money. Do it because you want to create the best product or service possible. Be proud of what you create. Stay passionate.
6. Customer service is the most important factors after building a successful team. Learn to build everything around your customer. Listen to their feedback. Learn from what they say.
7. Be effective in creating change. “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who actually do it.” Steve Jobs
8. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes.
9. Marketing is crucial. As a company, what do you want your customers to know about you? What creates a great brand? Nike is the best marketing brand in the world, they honor great athletes (think Michael Jordan) and great teams – with the slogan, “Just do it.”
And, the final tip from one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world.
10. “Stay hungry. Stay foolish”
Side note. We highly recommend that you take the 15 minutes to watch the Stamford University commencement speech Steve Jobs gave in 2008.
Steve Jobs is the man, the myth, and the legend.