Paint a 3rd Coat: Relevancy Through Work Ethic

Until now, I never understood the concept of penciling in time to hangout with people. The friends I had made in Austin typically had a good ten years on me. These older friends are effectively employed in what millennials call “Big Girl or Big Boy” jobs. In the past, I always had free time to accomplish whatever I wanted to accomplish. This summer, in a matter of three months, I have gone from a semi-relaxed schedule to a full blown engagement of activities and goals. And guess what?…I’m lovin’ it.

Although Vital Interaction does not believe in “titles”, I have managed to take on the equivalent of a Director of Marketing as well as the full responsibility of the only SDR rep in the company. VI is startup (around 40 members,) with lots of opportunity to move up because Vital’s Founders give each of their employees the opportunity to change and make the company better. They encourage outside thinking and I proudly took advantage. I gave my boss updates on my progress each week. I asked him questions on how we have succeeded in the past. I’ve presented alternative solutions to make more money for less work. I have been a valuable asset and continue to do so as my company grows.

Currently, I’m working on two projects to improve VI’s numbers. First, I am in the process of hiring a front end developer to reconstruct the “look” of our website to impress upon the viewers that we are a legitimate enterprise. Secondly, I am finding an alternative solution to generate warm leads through packages we send containing a prize that entices our customer’s to give us 15 minutes of their time, enough time to close a sale. How did I manage to acquire these positon? Work ethic and attention to detail. This is why I was accepted into the Praxis program.

This last long weekend, I was helping to renovated a friend’s house and realized that his idea of a finished product and mine were completely different. He intended to bang it out with one coat on the walls, free-handed lines, with not a thought to prep. I don’t think he had ever heard of taping the walls and fixtures for a finished look and the added work of cleaning the windows while we were at it, was a waste of time! In my mind, 2 (probably 3 coats) was a necessity, taping was essential for perfect lines, and the windows were just a brainless bonus. The reason why Praxis accepted me is because I don’t believe in half-ass work. And this is why Hugo, one of VI’s founders, felt confident to allow me to take my recent responsibility. He saw work ethic embedded in my nature. If you insist that your work to define you, in everything that you do, and you aspire to perfection, your work will reflect that and you will succeed.


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