This is actually a challenge I present myself with every morning. What greatness looks like for me varies every day, depending on the current happenings of my world, but the sentiment remains the same - Don’t ever settle. Always do your best.
It’s no secret to anyone that I love my job and the people I’m so privileged to work with every day. I came into my role as a terrified and slightly broken woman, having just walked away from a career that I’d spent the better part of 8 years creating and building. I didn’t really know what I wanted, but I had a firm understanding of what I didn’t want, and sometimes that’s just as good. The first person I wound up reporting to would turn out to be my friend, mentor and coach. He saw things in me that I never knew existed, or worse, had forgotten how to be. And tomorrow, when I wander to the kitchen to get my coffee, he won’t be there. His absence is bittersweet as he’s left to pursue a dream, but I’ll miss him all the same. What I’m trying to get at is that there’s greatness in everyone and by challenging yourself to live as true to this as possible, you may change someone else’s life while you’re at it. These were the words he left our department with:
So I’m leaving. And it sucks. I’m happy to go do something I am passionate about. But it makes me sad as hell that I’m leaving a job and company that I love, and have learned so much from. You might not realize it now, but this place makes you a better person if you let it. Be open. Accept and give feedback. Do those things that scare the poop out of you. And choose to be great.
This is the best place to work in the world. Love it while you’re here. It’s home to some of the smartest, kindest, most generous, most talented and honest people I’ve ever met. Every single person I’ve met here has given me something and I’ll never forget any of you. Thanks for being amazing. I love you all.
If any of you need anything. Anything at all. Someone to help you move, or paint. Advice. Help with your car. Just someone to shoot the breeze with at a dog park, or go for a hike with. I’m your man. Call me. I might not answer, but I’ll always call you back.