If you aren’t moving forward then you’re moving backward. This rule rings true for both companies and the people that make them great. While I’m thrilled to be going back for my senior year at IU, it’s hard to grasp that it’s coming to an end. At Tahzoo, theme this month is commitment and in order to get the most out of the summer and my remaining college experience, I’ll have to commit to what is most meaningful to me.
Last year I started a club with my favorite professor, and I’m incredibly excited to get back to school to continue to expand its reach and influence. Our mission is to connect students who are working toward starting their own businesses to successful entrepreneurs and other students looking for experience. We don’t have a budget, but since we get to write our own job descriptions everyone gladly works for the gratitude of others and the learning possibilities. To get the results I hope for, I’ll need to fully commit myself and finagle the commitment of others.
It is true that things wouldn’t get done without commitment, but they wouldn’t be worth doing without appreciation. Appreciation has two different meanings, which are more related than they seem. To appreciate can mean to communicate gratitude, or to grow an assets value. In a fast paced work environment it’s easy to focus on the latter. But in the two weeks that I’ve been here, I have been told ‘good job’ and ‘thank you’ time after time. It may seem like a small thing to the people saying it, but it is far from unnoticed. In addition to the verbal appreciation, the work and research I’ve been doing are very interesting to me and educational. I feel appreciated by Tahzoo because of the team’s warm welcome and the value I’m getting out of this learning experience.
So in order to show my gratitude, I’d like to say thank you here on the blog! But more importantly, I plan on showing it the rest of the summer by working hard and contributing value. There are very few things as motivating and rewarding as repaying gratitude or earning the respect of those that you admire.