My introduction to helping others grow

May 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

A Background Story

I have been searching for a meaning in my work for quite some time. Over the years I have served everything from Coffee, Wine, Food, Yoga, Kickboxing, Nutrition Tips, Wellness Goals, Marketing, Management, Process Improvement, Analytics and so much more. Although I have always felt like an integral part of the team, I always wanted more, I wanted to find meaning in my work, to do something that mattered.

The search went on until a few weeks ago, I took a really big risk; I saw an opportunity to work in Corporate America for a big fancy brand name in an publicly traded affiliated ad agency which looked great on paper, so I decided to leave my amazing job (where I was never put in a box), spend weeks training my replacement and a start new adventure.

Excited at the time to learn something very new, I started out very optimistic.  But shortly as my first day unfolded, as they put me in my box, I knew that I had made a big mistake.  They were giving me a very specific role and one that I could not see myself in for very long. Although I could work really hard to fight my way up the corporate ladder, I saw what was up there and it was not something that I wanted to aim for.  I saw high stress, long hours, burnt out, lost souls and I knew that I did not want to become like them. Sadness came in really quickly as the week unfolded and I realized that this job was really not a good fit for me. I was working on a very big brand account and I thought that somehow this would make me happy.

So on my fifth day, as I came into work, a girl that was supposed to be training me told me that she did not have time to train me, she did not have any training material for me to read, nor did she have anything for me to do, so I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to read a book that I have been trying to read for weeks, Evil Plans by Hugh MacLeod. If you have not read Evil Plans, it is a must read for all those searching to finding meaning in your work. I pulled out the book and for seven hours or so, I read this book in my little box. What a perfect time to read this book. As Hugh says in the book, “Life is too short not to do something that matters” and his words spoke so loudly to me that day. I realized that I had to do something that mattered, something that helped others and the first thing I thought of was to help passionate people grow. As I sat there in my corporate box, I thought of a handful of really talented people that had really great ideas and I knew how to help them grow.

So upon reading these words, I packed up my little box and I went to start my own Evil Plan, except it is not so evil at all (If you read the book, you will get the title and why these kinds of plans are “evil”).  I just honestly want to help others build great things. My background is in Business Management, Marketing, Branding, Process Improvement and “Fight like hell” attitude (thanks Hugh for saying this so well) and I know how to make businesses/projects/initiatives grow and knowing this gives me meaning and purpose and what a great feeling to have … finally.

So here we are, this blog is about helping passionate people grow. I am going to discuss these growth projects here as well as talk about the inspiring events that have pushed me to this point so far, and all the little things in between that make a business grow. As Hugh says so well in his book, we all have great talents, it is just a matter of finding it and doing the work and then there is “fighting like hell for it.”

What is so amazing about the craziest few weeks of my life is that although they have felt like “hell” at times, I realized that I would not be at the place I was today without it. I had to leave the place I was to get here and sometimes that it the scariest part. Something was telling me to move on, to fight harder, to push for more. No turning back.

Thank you Hugh MacLeod for writing inspiring words and for actually doing work that matters. I can not also end this post without mentioning Seth Godin. I stumbled upon his work a few years ago and when I look back at all of the wonderful words that have inspired me, I realize that they came from him or an author that he introduced to me. I read his blog every day and so should you; he has such wonderful insight into making sense of the work we do,  and leading his readers into actually doing work that matters and which, truly makes a real difference.

Ok, now let’s go get something done.

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