Do It Wholeheartedly
Choosing a start up is the best thing I ever did for myself. In just three months, I have gained more self-awareness than I ever imagined. I’ve witnessed first hand what it means to work together as a team in order to accomplish something bigger. I’ve learned that every contribution, no matter how big or small, is still a contribution and something worth recognizing. I’ve seen perseverance and commitment at its finest, proving that hard work really does pay off. Most importantly I’ve found my niche, something I was beginning to question before finding foodjunky.
I’ve always had a hard time grasping the idea of work, not because I’m lazy or lack dedication, but rather, the picture that has been painted for me is your typical 8 to 5, cookie cutter, cubicle job. Now, before taking offense, know that this isn’t meant as a shot towards corporate jobs or the people who work them. I have countless friends and family members who work corporate jobs that truly enjoy what they do. However, I’m realizing that a corporate job right out of school isn’t for me… and that’s okay! Just because I plan on doing something different than my most of my peers doesn’t make my value in the professional world any less.
You Have Options
This one goes out to all the 20 something’s like me who feel a little lost, don’t sell yourself short, know that you have options. Don’t be afraid to try something new that you’ve never heard of, you might just surprise yourself. Six months ago, I didn’t know what a start up was, I didn’t know what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go. This experience has broadened my horizons, given me the confidence I was aimlessly searching for, and at last a direction and point of interest.
The message here is not to choose a start up over another company but to pick something that works best for YOU. It’s easy to get caught up in the “norm”. Often times we end up doing things because that’s what is expected of us, or because “that’s what everyone else is doing”, don’t be that person. If you want to do something, do it wholeheartedly and don’t forget to have fun and enjoy yourself along the way.
“Luck” Has Nothing to do With it
When sitting around the other evening over drinks and pizza, Johnny said something that got me. In casual conversation, he called Daron “lucky” and followed his comment with an apology. He explained, I use the word “luck” but I hate that word. It’s so easy to tell someone “you’re sooo lucky” because of this, that, or the other thing. He continued on, posing the question, is it really “luck” if that person worked hard to be where they are? After all, they had to apply, interview, be hired, go through training, and by choice they decide to stay and over time, they reap the benefits of their hard work.
My favorite part about foodjunky is the team. Each of us plays a role in making foodjunky a success and “luck” has nothing to do with it. I think that’s something worth recognizing and appreciating above everything else, the idea of a small team working hard towards something that they truly believe in, something they see potential in and enjoying the ride enough that they don’t want to be anywhere else. That is not “luck” that is choice. Working somewhere that you actually enjoy coming into work each day is a beautiful thing.
A Well Rounded Team
With foodjunky, I have learned how valuable it is to be well rounded in the workplace. With this comes the ability to say “yes” more often and go into everything with a “can do” attitude (it really does make a difference). In the long run this leads to knowledge and skills not only in your specific career field, but also other avenues that you wouldn’t have veered down otherwise. It’s amazing what you’re capable of when you actually put your mind to it.
Part of being well rounded within your workplace is the ability to work and communicate as a team. I believe this is crucial whether you’re working in a team of 10 people or 300. Company culture is an important thing, it is the reason everyone clicks so well at foodjunky. Remember my little spiel on “luck”? No one at foodjunky got where they are by “luck” each and every employee was carefully selected at one point or another based on not only what they could do for foodjunky but their ability to mesh with our team, because after all, the 13 of us have a pretty good thing going.
It’s not Goodbye, it’s I’ll see you Later
I am beyond grateful for my time at foodjunky this summer. I’m glad I was able to taste the startup life and experience Detroit in a new light. I’ve learned so much about myself, my abilities, and how wonderful it feels to contribute to something where you are valued and appreciated. I’m thankful for everyone who made my time at foodjunky such a meaningful experience and to those who supported me along the way. I’m glad I chose foodjunky, even more glad foodjunky chose me, I will forever maintain, choosing a start up is the best thing I ever did for myself.