Last week we hosted our first #SelectPanel at Spring Place on a topic that we grapple with on the daily: Progress. We had an incredibly honest conversation with some of the brightest, most ambitious and talented people we know about how they go about tackling the hard-to-nail down concept of progress. Because — as we all know — it’s one thing to be busy and another to make actual progress, right? With panelists that represented each of our seven verticals, including Stephanie March, Adrienne Cheatham, Julie Schott, Pavia Rosati, Ariel Foxman, Jessica Romm Perez, and Gena Kaufman, there was a ton of wisdom thrown around so we wanted to share it. If you didn’t get a chance to attend this panel, don’t worry — we plan on bringing you more very soon. (You can also watch the whole thing here). In the meantime, here are some of our favorite quotes from what was an incredibly evening.
“It’s hard to see progress. That’s the thing about progress — when you’re in it, you don’t feel like you’re actually making it.”
— Pamela Schein Murphy, Founder + Creative Director, The Select 7
“I think we’re in this world where there are constant emails, text messages, Slack messages, etc. and because of this I think it’s really important to draw your own boundaries. When you’re always on call for everyone and everything else — that doesn’t advance your plot”
— Stephanie March, Actress and Activist
“My checklists have checklists. I’ll go into a new year and think about what the smaller steps are that I need to achieve the larger goals. My sub checklists lead to progress on those bigger life check lists.”
— Adrienne Cheatham Celebrity Chef
“There’s rarely any time off the phone these days. But at the same time, Instagram and social media are really the reason I’m able to do what I’m doing. And as much as there is this idea of having to break away from sharing your life, for me it actually enhances my creativity and my ability to communicate with an audience and, ultimately my progress.”
— Julie Schott, Creative Consultant
“It’s interesting to think about progress because a lot of the time it’s just cool opportunities that arise that in hindsight all make perfect sense. Right? When you look back on it everything led to where you are today. I think that’s just to say progress sometimes happens when you’re not looking.
— Pavia Rosati, Founder of Fathom Travel
“I think the challenge I have with social media is that when it comes to progress, social media skews what has actually gone into anything you’re seeing or anything that’s being perceived as successful or best in class or glamorous or finished. Social media allows people to speed up a recipe in 10 seconds, so for example you can watch someone prepare a souffle in 10 seconds but it doesn’t take 10 seconds to actually make and it didn’t take that person who is an expert in it a day to learn that so I think it skews most people's expectations about how fast they should progress. How fast they should be successful. How fast they should monetize their social media. It’s a beautiful, democratic way of seeing the world but it’s a shorthand for the process. And nobody shows you the process because then you wouldn’t follow them.”
— Ariel Foxman, Digital Content and Brand Executive
“I feel a massive pressure to get back to people. You have so many ways that people are coming at you and I kind of feel like we should give ourselves the license to not get back to everyone.
— Jessica Romm Perez, Editor-in-Chief, Domino Magazine
“One thing I do to help with progress is to keep a list of things that I’ve done. Workouts I’ve completed, books I’ve read. It can be really nice to look back and think about what I’ve already done when trying to tackle what I now need to do.”
— Gena Kaufman, Social Media Director, Vogue