Terry’s takeaway 2016-11-28

The right here and now!

Over the last few months there has been some significant changes in my life and I am attributing a number of them to my change in attitude.

I’ve heard so many people over the years say “just live for the moment” or something of that ilk and a quick search using your favourite search engine will reveal a plethora of similar statements. However this is exactly how I’ve lived my life recently.  Now don’t get me wrong I have my plans, 12 months, 2 years, 5 years and retirement, and without them the “here and now” wouldn’t actually be happening but there is something very real about this shift in mindset.

Backtrack to 2008:

In September 2008 I was sat in Vienna on a Sunday evening, having just flown in, waiting to attend the Swift banking conference Sibos. As the conference opened and the news of the single largest financial crash to date unravelled, it became very apparent that things were going to change. By 2010 my redundancy came to pass and I made a very significant decision to leave the IT sector and start my career in something I was just as passionate about, if not more so, languages.

Having had to study German in order to attain my degree in IT Sales and Marketing, I was the personification of the need to understand language and culture and as this powerful $38 Billion industry uses an immense amount of IT and infrastructure the marriage of the two in a new vocation seemed like a match made in heaven.  Despite all of this I have struggled in this industry.  Yes I know how it works better than most, yes I know who to speak to and how to speak to them and yes I have had some great success along the way, but I’ve not been able to find any endearment towards any of the companies I’ve worked for.

Back to the future:

Until now! In June 2015 I was given the opportunity to work with a company in our industry who has vision, morals, belief, pedigree and above all one I have found endearing. Now I appreciate that some of you will be finding the use of the word endearment a little disturbing, especially when being used to describe the company I work for, but it is the way I felt about my previous employer in 2008 before that world fell apart. Quite honestly there is no way that anyone would travel to London 3 times in one week and return home each day only to return the following one having done a 16 hour day if they didn’t. Granted this didn’t happen week in week out but it did happen, a lot, and I was happy to do it.

So last week, at the drop of a hat, I found myself on a plane to Madrid, because it was the best thing for both me and the company to do under the circumstances and the results of this trip were profound.

Without passion you can’t achieve the outcomes your client needs, without a love for what you do you won’t find that passion, and without the support of those around you won’t find the love you need. So finding a company who is so passionate about helping their clients achieve their outcomes is not only rare, but something you find yourself being infected by daily. This makes my job so much easier and the consequent results so much more rewarding.

And all this in the “here and now”