A good friend once told me that life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.
Wise words for a copywriter you might say, but particularly poignant in my current circumstances. This year I decided it was time to test my nerve by leaving the familiarity of home behind for a brand-spanking new adventure.
Now fear of the great unknown is a very normal human characteristic. We are wired to be risk averse. But is trying something new really all that scary?
The answer is of course, no.
In fact being brave and throwing yourself into what seems like uncomfortable experiences is the best thing you can do to develop and grow. It’s all about adapting to your surroundings (this is especially true as a PR).
Broadening my personal and professional horizons was a core motivation for leaving home comforts behind and joining the crew at Stripe.
I’ve always harboured the ambition to work with a team of adventurers – exploring new creative possibilities for inspiring change and doing things differently. And on the evidence of my first few weeks at the agency, the team strives to be bold with its ideas and brilliant in its delivery in all that it does.
Of course starting a new job is a unique and compelling challenge. Unfamiliar surroundings, alternative processes and different ways of thinking can be bamboozling at first.
But thanks to the warm welcome I received by my new creative partners in crime I’ve soon felt at home. A bag full of bounty and a haul of locally brewed ales obviously help.
However, it’s the friendly personalities of the team that make this new chapter in my PR story worthwhile. If the measure of a successful team is its people, then Stripe’s glass is more than half full.
Suddenly being out of my comfort isn’t all that bad. In fact I’d recommend it.
So be bold and dare to be brilliant. It’s the only way to earn your stripes.