When I spent my last afternoon at Strikingly just a few days ago, I was immersed in a sweet mixture of nostalgia, excitement and fulfilledness. It'd been a hell of a ride; I was overjoyed that I drew myself a perfect full circle, one that I could look back upon and draw strength from in all my years down the road.
O strength. So much of it had I gained from this journey over the past 2 years, 8 months that deserves to be committed to text:
What I learned (about organizational life)
Meritocracy is real. Work and life at Strikingly has really instilled me with faith and optimism in people's goodwill, ability to cooperate, and sincere striving for excellence.
- Don't hesitate to ask for help. Getting help effectively can save time by orders of magnitude; this might be the single strongest advantage that organizational efforts have over individual ones
- Communicate early and often. Deadlines are artificial and plans are always subject to change, but nothing beats timely, honest communication
- Take the initiative and push for the changes you want to see. As long as it's aligned with organizational vision, others will recognize and help
- Titles are just labels and roles merely usual expectations; it's the underlying goals and values that matter. See those and go after those
What I confirmed (about myself)
I can interact with the world in meaningful ways. My sense of helplessness, which kept haunting me for years following my catastrophic detachment from reality 10 years ago, was finally and decisively wiped away.
- I am able to deal with stress and achieve a level of productivity that amazes myself
- I am able to handle basically anything thrown at me
- I am able to make effective changes, both to the external world and to myself
What I didn't expect
Reconnecting with a person from your past can be deeply daunting, but I'm glad I tried, because a single reunion turned something of a hole in my heart into a wondrous source of affirmation and inspiration.
I made a promise to myself 4 years ago when I was still struggling; with help from Strikingly, I've become able to put ticks on most of the bullets that haven't faded into irrelevance. Now, fully healed, I'm ready for whatever comes next.
I've never been so ready.