Four years ago I answered a job ad looking for both a do’er and a dreamer. Since that time I’ve been doing both guided by a few great mentors. As a young account executive I had ambition and a willingness to work – but not much else. I learned the advertising business from those around me. And I can honestly say my colleagues at m5 are some of the smartest people I know. Our job is to create something from nothing. That’s pretty awesome.
I’ve also had some great (…and not so great) clients, but I’ve learned something from all of them. The great one’s have challenged me to bring them the best work, given me a long enough leash to do it and even considered my recommendations on how the product, not just the marketing could be better. The bad one’s? Well lets just say I’ve learned how to work with all types of people. And there’s value in that, even if I didn’t understand it at the time.
But now it’s time to do a bit more of that dreaming. Come the New Year I’ll be hitting the trail with a backpack and camera. It’s time to see some of that other 93 percent of the world. I’m giving up quite a lot to do it. Leaving a great job, delaying buying a house and being away from an island I love dearly. But for me it’s a now or never type of thing. And when I come back the tank will be full and I’ll be ready for everything that comes next.