In honor of our 5th Anniversary, I’d like to share five things I have learned in five years of business. We’ve been through a lot over the past half-decade, taken some unexpected turns, chalked up many wins and cut a few losses. Most importantly, we’ve grown as a business, excelled as leaders and individuals, and I couldn’t be prouder of what we have accomplished.
- Believe in yourself. Only you know your true value. You must push past your comfort zone to reach your full potential. Never fear failure, without it great success may elude you.
- Resilience is the key to success. Sometimes you put your guard up, throw out a left hook, only to end up taking the punch. Other times your jabs land perfectly. Either way, you got to get back in the ring. The DigitalWire360 team has taken – and given – countless punches over the past five years that have made us stronger, more resilient and able to adapt to the needs of helping more than 60 clients.
- The true “Why” are the lives you touch. We all want to create great work we are proud of. And we do – it’s what keeps us thriving. But when I look back at all the great campaigns, partnerships and collaborations we’ve made, I still feel my greatest accomplishment the past five years is the 25 employees whose lives I have influenced. It’s important to work with people who have similar core values, believe in each other and have one another’s backs. This philosophy earned DW360 recognition as a 2017 Best Places to Work by the Phoenix Business Journal. And while some people have come and gone, as is the way of life, all have made a lasting impact on me, and I know they can say the same about their experience at DW360.
- You get more when you give back. Whether it’s charity involvement, pro bono work for non-profits, or elevating local start-ups through our Brand Camp program, giving back to our community is a big part of what we do at DigitalWire360. When you support each other, great things happen for you, your business and your community. Collectively we work with 15 charities and professional development groups that focus on lifting each other up and shining a spotlight on local successes. There’s a dual purpose – it helps others but also helps us grow as a team and grow individually. Helping others is what life is about.
- Each challenge creates even more opportunities. You’ve heard that when one door closes, another one opens, but I’ve learned it’s not so obvious. Sometimes the door closes and you must come up with a way to rip it off its hinges. This means finding solutions in unexpected places, and in doing so you learn an entirely new set of skills. Opportunities don’t always knock or immediately reveal themselves as new possibilities – they rise out of adversity, open-mindedness and a little elbow grease.
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