What Being a Terrostarian Taught Me
You know that feeling you get when you know you’re part of something awesome? I just had that feeling for over a year during my time at Terrostar. Being a part of the Terrostar team has been equal parts a blast and an honor. Our tiny office contains the perfect storm of weirdness and talent that has allowed me to see some of the greatest projects and biggest laughs I’ve had the pleasure of being involved with. As even the biggest man-children do, I’m jumping on a new opportunity and starting a new job in a new city. As I pack up the posters and action figures (they’re not toys) that adorn my office (and that have earned me some choice nicknames), I’ve taken the opportunity to reflect and look back at some of the lessons and realizations that I’m going to take with me from my very first bonafide big-boy job.
They say that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, but I don’t think that makes any sense. Breaking a weak link only creates two smaller but super strong chains. In this sense, it’s important to realize that you’re not going to be the strongest link in every situation, but being the weakest in a certain situation isn’t the worst thing in the world. Keep learning, keep working, and become the beefiest link you can be.
But not that kind of stupid, stupid. What I mean is speak up and blurt out ideas even when they sound dumb as heck. Best case scenario, you can call a stellar new idea your very own brainchild. Worst case scenario, you’ll be the butt of office-wide jokes until the end of the day. But hey, either way, you earned it you big idiot.
It’s Okay to Wing It
As anyone in the office will tell you, I’m a fan of winging it. But not just any kind of winging. It’s what I call “educated winging.” There’s only so much that four short and structured college years can teach you about working in the real world. Often times it’s all about facing a situation, realizing that you’re not 100% sure how to proceed, and then winging the crap out of it. If you’re confident in your plan of attack and can back up your thought process, you’re more than ready to jump in and spread your wings.
Accept New Challenges
I still remember eons ago (A.K.A. summer 2013) when I, a lowly and confused intern, was asked to write an entire client proposal by myself. “A pr-pr-pr-proposal??” I’m sure I chomped my fingernails and said. However, taking on this challenge lead to me refining my writing skills, taking on more writing projects, and really feeling like I found a niche and found a way to complete the almighty Voltron that Terrostar employees create.
Love the Ones You’re With
Not sure if it’s the Stockholm Syndrome talking or if I just got #blessed with the best group of coworkers in the western hemisphere, but getting along and hearing each other’s ideas has made working here (and churning out some amazing work) incredibly easy and satisfying.
Be On Time
9:05, 9:15, 9:30. They’re all times. So technically, I was on one of them every morning.