We asked our employees to share what they’re truly and deeply grateful for using just three words. Here’s what they said.
By Monica S.
“Most people have the strange conviction that life is to be lived timidly and cautiously, but I say it’s the middle of the road where you get killed – it’s on the edges that good things happen.” In many ways, this is my motto. I’m not sure exactly who said it to me (or where I found it), but it has stuck with me for years.
I’m going to be telling stories of how we work (our culture) on this blog. I’ll be capturing what it’s like to have a career at Clickstop and help you understand what it takes to create great workplace culture. All our writing on this blog is an ongoing study of what’s right with culture and people instead of what is wrong with them.
My job here is to improve internal communications and provide support to our people so that they can effectively accomplish our mission (to be sustainable, enjoyable and opportunistic) and live out our code and core values. In short, the Culture & Communications team helps drive, recognize and draw out greatness in others. It’s pretty awesome.
I am part-designer-part-data-junkie. I love beautifying anything and everything. I’m attracted to bright colors and mixing sleek design with eclectic patterns. I’m a self-described non-conformist. The only sure way to fail is to become what already exists, right? There’s no excuse not to shake up an industry and revolutionize the way things are done. It’s what we’re doing here at Clickstop every day.
I’m the creator of Clickstop’s career accelerator program (Clickstart), I manage www.clickstop.com (including this blog), produce our internal magazine, shoot and edit some Clickstop video (specifically, our job posting videos on our careers page), share the responsibility of our social sites, and aid in keeping our people’s strengths top-of-mind through strengths based development. Gallup, Google and the Adobe Creative Cloud are some of my best friends.
I can’t wait to share my story and the story of Clickstop with you. It’s going to be an interesting journey.
I’ll leave you with this, “The day before something is a breakthrough it’s just a crazy idea.” – Peter Diamandis
Over and out –
By Jim Mayhew
The choices you make today will impact your future – and the future of those around you. It’s true. Each day you’re doing things that your future self with either thank you for, or be frustrated by. Those choices may seem small or insignificant; choices like putting off reading that great book that will make you better at your job or eating that extra helping of dessert because it’s soooo good. Those choices might lead your future self to be frustrated with your present self.
When you make time to think about what the future holds you’re setting yourself up for success. But it needs to be affirmed with positive forward progress. Take the example of the book that you’ve been handed to read. You’ve heard the popular saying, “Readers are leaders, and learners are earners,” right? What are you waiting for? Dive in! Get learning today, as in right now! There’s a reason that book found its way into your possession – probably because someone saw potential in you for greatness. The question you need to ask yourself is, do you see that potential and are you willing to put in a little extra effort? I sure hope so!
The late, great Zig Ziglar said, “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” It’s up to you. You’re accountable to your future success – whatever that looks like. Hope isn’t enough. “Luck” could play a part. And intent is only as good as the action you take. None of those are success strategies. But if you believe you are meant for greatness (and you are!) and you take action to get you there, your future self is going to be even better than you can imagine.
Benjamin Carson explains it like this: “You have the ability to choose which way you want to go. You have to believe great things are going to happen in your life. Do everything you can – prepare, pray and achieve – to make it happen.”
Believe. Prepare. Plan. Have faith. Do. Sounds pretty easy, right? So use today to set your future self up for greatness. You’ll be glad you did!
By Jim Mayhew
Most of you know me as the Chief Culture Officer (the “culture guy”) at Clickstop. Many of you know at least a little about my journey here that began in November 2009. But there are only a select few who know why I chose to come here nearly 5 years ago.
I’m an entrepreneur at heart. I’ve started several businesses and experienced the highs and lows that accompanied each one. I’ve worked as a freelance photographer and graphic designer, ran my own photography studio, owned a retail store, and built a print-on-demand business from the ground up. I know how to be scrappy and resourceful, and I’ve experienced the pain and joy of owning a business. I’ve had challenging conversations with loan officers, landlords, vendors and even customers. Being in business for yourself builds character, courage and integrity. It aint easy!
As a result I’ve always been drawn to people who have been successful in business because I understand what they’ve gone through. I appreciate the persistence that 70 hour weeks demand. I admire the courage it takes to risk it all. My wife, Beth, and I know what it means to be “on” 24/7/365 (especially in a small town). But mostly, I’m in awe of the ones who make it look easy day in and day out.
Five years ago in the Summer of 2009, I was given an opportunity to join this company. It meant taking another risk, but one that I believed in. The decision to work here would mean giving up our print shop that we had spent nearly five years building. It meant that we’d be paying bills related to our business (loans, equipment leases and operating notes) without the revenue it generated. It meant refinancing our home, finding a buyer for our building, making payment plans, etc.
At the time it seemed like an impossibility to come to Clickstop. We had poured our money, blood, sweat – and yes, tears – into making our print shop sustainable. It was operating profitably, just not growing at the speed we hoped. But after three months of soul searching and planning, I made the leap. I told Tim I would accept the offer to be part of Clickstop as an Internet Marketing Specialist. My first day was November 2, 2009.
Some of you may be wondering why. Some of you may think I gave up too soon. Some of you agree the decision was the best one and you’d have done the same. Trust me when I say that I wrestled with every one of those questions and so many more. But I believed I could make a difference here. I believed in that 2009 Clickstop team. I saw opportunity and a fighting chance to “win.” For me, winning meant being part of something amazing, incredible, awesome. Five years later that is exactly the place I’m at!
I still remember why I chose this path. I made a commitment to myself, to Tim, to this company and to my family to make it the best that I could. I’ve had doubts, felt uneasy and even a few regrets – but it’s been more than worth it. I’m all in. That’s pretty much how I am once I’ve made up my mind.
This is why I love my job, the company and this team. The journey has been awesome. I’ve learned more than I ever thought possible. I’ve grown more than I thought I could. And I didn’t do it all on my own, it took someone to believe in me and see the potential in me. That’s what makes Clickstop special and I’m proud to help carry that tradition forward.