I enjoy challenges, and thinking. I’m a thinker.
I perform my best when I’m working with a team that gives a shit. A team that lives and breathes what they’re doing because they believe in it. They believe in the end goal – the vision, and are willing to put the creativity, effort, and initiative into turning visions into reality.
People who turn their worry into action.
I thrived in event planning. I have a natural ability (or so it seems) to see a high-level vision of how something should play out / exist, and then be able to hone in on the little details that make all the difference. I don’t necessarily care about being the one to execute those details, though the level of trust that I need to have in the person that does execute needs to be extremely high.
Routine bores me.
Anything that’s become routine means that the bar needs to be raised.
I’m always competing with myself, especially in situations where I have a higher standard for quality than the people around me. It hasn’t happened as much in the past year – I think for the first time in my life, I’m on a team where not only is my best sought, but the level of ambition and executional abilities that I bring to the table are actually seen, and for the first time in years, I find myself needing to actually live up to my potential and try my best.
And to be honest, I’m at a place in my life where I have so much room to improve, so much self-bar-raising that drives me each morning to rise ‘n grind, it’s beyond humbling.
It’s a strange feeling, to be perfectly honest. Definitely unfamiliar — I don’t know if I’ve just never been surrounded by people who really could take things to that higher level, and therefore see my ability to as well, or if I was just not surrounded by the right kind of people. It’s different from the first perfect team I’ve been on – the one where we had exactly the right people, personalities, ambitions, and skills to execute at top-notch levels.
This time I think we’re all in more of a real team groove – the kind of groove where you really band together and figure out how to get things done, and if you don’t know, then you work together to learn the skills you need and master the tools to accomplish great things. My prior-life perfect team had skills and expertise already – it was just a matter of channeling our synergy to make it happen. I think that I prefer it the way I have it right now.