A month ago I left my position at a local agency.
Leaving wasn’t an easy decision. I loved my clients and the solutions that we provided, and even some of my proudest professional achievements I can attribute to my time there.
Yet something was missing -- A year prior I requested to move from my development position to strategy to see if a change in the daily routine and the challenges that were presented to me would shake the feeling. It was a fun change and I was able to add a few new skills to my repertoire.
After a year within the new position the I couldn't shake the feeling -- and luckily a opportunity came along that would allow me to teach the skills I had been developing to underprivileged youth over the Summer.
I jumped at the opportunity.
I was lucky enough to be in a place where I could take a month long sabbatical before my new position started. I reconnect with past colleagues, learned some new skills, rode my bike around and reflected on my professional career.
Reflecting on one of the suggested readings within the company -- Raving Fans by Ken Blanchard -- If you have a vision, and that vision aligns with what people need and you make a sincere effort to always give a little bit more than what you delivered before you create ‘raving fans’.
I’m not really a fan of the term or the parable that Ken Blanchard uses -- but it puts to words what some people do intuitively and gives examples that helps guide people who don’t.
Looking at my own experiences the vision for what I was doing became blurred, but taking a step back has really brought these four key values to the forefront.
The outcome of transparency when combined with the right values is trust, and because of this I admire individuals that are truly transparent.
It's admiral when an individual shares their vision, successes and most importantly failures. Sharing your failures and how you overcame them is one of the most valuable things that you one can do, so that others can learn.
The famous adage about Thomas Edison is true even today. He may have failed 1000 times, but it meant that the next person could stand on the shoulders of his work so that the world could have a better light bulb.
Continuing the line of thought, I hope that everything I put out into the world is a net positive for the collective. I pride myself in helping as many people as I possibly can -- and will go out of my way to help those who help others.
In addition to this -- service comes in multiple forms:
- Creating consistent and beautiful experiences for your clients as they know that everything that they receive from you is going to be consistent.
- Ensuring that the whatever you create is accessible to individuals with special need.
- Teaching so they individuals are empowered to create the best path for themselves.
- Creating a blazing fast website with a small load time so that your users aren’t hit with larger data bills than they should have to pay from visiting your website.
- Helping out someone in your neighborhood shovel their sidewalk.
The list could go on and on -- but setting a goal to create exemplary service from the outset makes providing it much easier.
An example of this is -- if you start with the goal of making a fast website it’s easier than making a slow website and making it fast.
A lot of people dream of starting their own business and chase the entrepreneurial spirit that is deeply ingrained in most of us. We’re told from a young age that we can make millions of dollars if only we came up with the right idea. We’re surrounded with success stories.
My passions lie in helping individuals helping individuals follow those dreams. Most people want to be successful and want to put good into the world and I love being able to enable them to do those things.
If I’m not challenged I get restless. It’s one of the reasons I request to move around into different positions in much of my past. I put a lot of effort into learning about the work that other people do so that in turn I can provide better service.
So how am I going to challenge myself?
Transparency -- MathiasRechtzigel.com - I’ll be blogging more regularly regarding my successes and failures. Feel free to subscribe or unsubscribe if you want to get any future blog posts. This is my biggest challenge by far.
Service & Passion -- Matter MPLS -- This is my little agency that prides itself on working with local small businesses, nonprofits and aspiring entrepreneurs. I blend technical and marketing expertise at a reasonable price.
Future Projects -- I have also been toying around with the idea of starting a SaaS product. I can spin up marketing sites which provide inherent value but I have little experience building things that provide a monthly recurring revenue.
Feel free to subscribe to my emails at MathiasRechtzigel.com or to contact me regarding getting your dream business set up. I would love to help you out -- feel free to comment below about what you would do with a month off from work.