What constitutes a team? Is it a group of friends who have similar interests that hang out every night? Athletes who travel together competing against their peers in a collective manner? Or is it simply individuals who are placed into a close environment where they are presented with a task and are asked to devise a solution? Throughout the years, the word “team” has held several meanings in my mind. But as I grow in my career, I believe that I’ve only recently started to truly understand the meaning of the term.
The Marketing Team
Graduating from college and landing a graphic design job at a software company has been one of the most influential experiences in my life so far. Learning new techniques, building communication skills, solving problems, and witnessing my work have an impact on the organization’s growth are just a few reasons why I’ve enjoyed my job so much.
However, the real reason I love coming to work everyday is because of my colleagues on the marketing team. We do absolutely everything together. Breakfast, lunch, and yes, even dinner and drinks on occasion. You’d really think we’d get sick of each other by sitting within a 15-square-foot radius for about 50 hours a week, but I really don’t. It’s my team that drives to become a better person, and a harder worker. They are the ones who push me to be the best that I can be in my career.
My team, is a reflection of what I have experienced with others in the past. We’re all close, we have fun, we work hard, and we’re building experiences together that will help us move forward in the future. I’ve come to realize how important teams are in your everyday life.
Balancing both personal and work life is not always easy. But when you have the chance to combine both sides with others, it definitely makes it more enjoyable.
The Fun Team
These were some members of my “team” when I graduated high school. Every single day we were together off on some new adventure. Scoping out new skateboarding spots, Friday night cosmic bowling, continuously reciting lines from the movie Napoleon Dynamite, and throwing random dance parties to Disney songs while riding in my car are just a few of the activities that come to mind.
College came, we slowly all drifted apart, but nothing can replace the memories that we created as a group. We experienced our memories together as a team.
The Competitive Team
When it comes to sports, or any kind of challenge for that matter, I will admit that I do have a tendency to get a bit overly-competitive. There’s something about pushing yourself to achieve a level of triumph over another person’s abilities that really drives me beyond my perceived limits.
A bowling league is no exception.
Believe it or not, throwing a ball down a long corridor at high speeds while knocking down wooden pins is a huge stress reliever! Not to mention, it’s pretty cool when you can actually win some money from it.
Back in the day, my bowling team worked collectively to achieve the highest scores we could. Every Tuesday we’d throw on our bowling shoes and get ready to go to war against the next team hurlers. Our scores were combined and we were victorious (collectively) every game. By the end of the season, we were the only undefeated team in the league. None of this would have been possible had we not been able to rely on one another and work collectively every week.
From Then to Now
Looking back on my team experiences throughout the years, I have found that they all have one thing in common. Each one has changed me somehow. Mostly for the best, but each one has shaped me into the person that I am today. Teams have helped me take what I’ve learned and apply it to what I am going to learn.
No, this post didn’t give you helpful tips on how to increase traffic to your website, eye catching fonts to use on a banner ad, or certain filters required to sharpen up a video. But it’s something else that’s just as important in both your work and personal environment: The people that surround you in life are the ones who can either make you or break you.
How have teams helped you in your career or personal life?