By Bridget Schultz, Director of Marketing
My professional career has taken me on a journey from coast-to-coast. Two years ago I couldn’t have imagined working for a company as progressive as Glassbreakers but I trusted my gut and embraced change to find myself working in Oakland, by way of Brooklyn.
I never thought I’d move to California, ever. I’m a native New Yorker through and through and started my career in the publishing industry. I never thought I’d do anything else or be anywhere else. Then, as the years went on, I felt as though something was missing. I wasn’t learning anything new and I wasn’t happy. I was craving change.
Change is inevitable no matter what industry you work in but sometimes you have to set the wheels in motion yourself. As wonderful as it was to grow my skills in the publishing world, I found that the processes were rigid and it was harder to creatively break out of the same marketing and sales cycles. That made working at a startup intriguing to me and, to be honest, a bit scary. Yet, when an opportunity arose to join the Glassbreakers team, I jumped at the chance and never looked back.
It’s hard to believe how much I’ve learned throughout the past two years. I’ve learned how to quickly present a product demo on the fly, how to compromise with teammates who have different work styles than me and that being a manager means you can’t always be diplomatic. These lessons feel like they weigh heavier at a startup because we are a small team. One day we won’t be, so it’s important to learn them now as we grow and change.
There has been a ton of growth and achievements throughout the years since Glassbreakers inception but at times it can seem like a rollercoaster. We have to ride the waves of change to survive. We are the ones who worry when we are having a bad week and rejoice when the company is doing well. The team is included in every step, from new product developments and partner successes to the real-life struggles. We work hard, together, and we share the benefits of the company’s growth, together.
Once I realized that change is a critical part to a company’s success, it helped me to move past setbacks and celebrate the wins even more. That realization has even spread to other aspects in my life and I ended last year by adopting a kitten named Cole. I never would have had the joy he’s brought into my life if I hadn’t welcomed that change.
Working here has opened my eyes to the vast opportunities that are within our reach and that it’s okay to start over in a new industry. Take that chance. Be able to roll with the punches. Be agile. Most importantly, embrace change.
Your team will be there to support you and you will learn so many new things. Challenge yourself, you won’t regret it.
One major benefit to embracing change? Kittens!