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Why Does Everyone Claim Their Productivity Methods To Be The Best?
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The CEO and co-founder of BloomThat says to get comfortable with saying no and protecting your time.

For David Bladow, entrepreneurship is the family business.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/288654
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The co-founder and CEO of flower delivery startup BloomThat grew up surrounded by people who never had their own boss: his grandfather, mother, father and stepfather. That mentality still runs strong. Every day, he carpools to work with his wife Callie, BloomThat’s production director.
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The company was launched in San Francisco at Y Combinator in 2013 to improve the experience of flower delivery and “make it easier for people to be more thoughtful.” By 2015, BloomThat had raised $7.6 million in venture capital funding. The company reports that it is profitable, and it provides same-day delivery in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, and next day delivery across the country.
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But things weren’t always coming up roses. A few years into its run, the company ran into some obstacles and had to rethink its approach, like temporarily shuttering it’s same-day delivery option in Los Angeles, and included a $9.99 delivery fee.

Today, the company reports that it is profitable, and it provides same day delivery in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, and next day delivery across the country.
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Bladow says that his experience with BloomThat has taught him about accountability, how not to be thrown by the things beyond your control and focus on what you can tackle right in front of you.

We caught up with Bladow for our 20 Questions series to find out what motivates him and makes him tick.
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1. How do you start your day?

By nature I’m a night person, but I morphed myself into a morning persons because I think it’s more effective. I wake up and chug a full glass of water to make sure I’m hydrated. I try to find 10 to 20 minutes to read and meditate, get an hour of work in before I drink a cup of coffee and walk the dog. Then it is breakfast in the car with my wife as we commute into work and and then it's into the day.
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If I don’t make the time from 6:00 to 9:00 am to do what I need to do and get my mind right, I find that I’m at the mercy of other people’s schedules and demands. This way I put myself on the right track for the day.
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2. How do you end your day?

Usually watching a Netflix show to wind down. It’s an easy and cheap form of entertainment. Or I’ll cook dinner with my wife and before bed I’ll try to read for 30 minutes to settle down and hopefully learn a little something.
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I used to push it and work 24/7, but I’ve found that’s less effective because giving yourself time to reset is a really important thing.
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3. What’s a book that changed your mind?

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. It’s an adapted book of thoughts from Marcus Aurelius. The premise is that it is all about living in the present, accepting change and having a simple set of principles that guide you through life. The quote I think about a lot is “the value of attentiveness varies in proportion to its object.”
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