“That was fun!” The expression can flow out of a variety of events. That was fun…when we caught our limit of fish within the first two hours. That was fun…when we had all day in the boat together, even though we didn’t catch any fish. That was fun…when we wrestled the alligator. That was fun…when we saw the Grand Canyon. That was fun…when we gathered together for her surprise birthday party. What’s fun for one may not be fun for another.
So, what are we really declaring when we say, “Make time for fun and family?”
Sean Waters is driven to succeed, at work and at home. Success at work has never been an issue and is evident when you consider his track record. Prior to Clickstop, Sean was managing large budgets and leading large teams. He was successful, and his career growth was on a good trajectory. Why would he leave?
Success, like fun, can be different from person to person. At Clickstop, we are driven to succeed personally and professionally, and guided by a core set of values that demand the balance between work, fun and family. They drive us to succeed at work, to give our best effort day in and day out and to hold each other accountable to the same level of performance. They also drive us to succeed outside of work and to hold each other accountable to doing so. What matters outside of work is different to each of us, so the point of the values is not to define it, but to drive it. Whatever that looks like for you, passionately and unashamedly pursue it through the values that you hold.
Sean came to Clickstop because success at work, with no success at home, is no success at all. Clickstop gets it. We know the difference between sacrifice and surrender. To sacrifice our time is to maintain control while giving a portion. To surrender, is to give our rights fully to another. We don’t surrender our rights to Clickstop, but there are times when we’re willing to give an extra portion of our time to the business because we are respected and appreciated.
Sean had surrendered his rights to his organization and wanted to take them back. So, he did. Now, at Clickstop, he is making a great impact without fear that the impact will lead to surrender.
Let’s hear more from Sean.
What is your role at Clickstop?
Sales Specialist / Motivational Speaker for Accelerator team.
How long have you worked here?
Almost 3 years.
What brought you to Clickstop and why is it such a good fit for you?
Clickstop was a reason for me to move my family out of congested Southern California. The history of Clickstop and how the CEO started by selling material out of the back of his van to where we are today gives me a sense of excitement to see where we will be in the future. Clickstop is the perfect place for me to work and play hard as well as be myself. My previous workplace only cared about the company and not the employees, so working 50 hours per week in the building and another 10 from home never gave me any time for myself or my family. My favorite Clickstop core value is “Make time for fun and family”.
How do you relate to this core value?
You hear stories of these dreamy places to work like Google and Intuit but never think you will find yourself in that sort of situation. Clickstop has given me a chance to live the life I’ve always wanted, by supporting and encouraging me to have fun in and outside of work. I’ve never worked in a place that pushes you to live a balanced life, making time for you to spend with your family. I now have the opportunity to see my kids grow up. I now have time to go on dates with my wife, vacations with my family and coach my kids sports teams.
What advice would you give to others who want to embrace this core value?
Work is important, but family always comes first. I was so focused at my last job that and worked so many hours that I lost focus on what is most important in my life which is my family. We only get one chance at life so make sure you focus on the important things.
“Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop to look around once in a while , you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller
When do you feel truly “alive” at work?
All day. The people I work with create a positive and entertaining environment. Like I said, we work hard and play hard. It is truly difficult to get through a day without having multiple LOL moments. Also, being able to work out with a good group of people on my lunch break gets me energized and drives my motivation.
What small gesture from a coworker made a big impact on you?
I had a big learning curve when I moved from California to Iowa. Snow arrived about one month after I did. When this occurred, I was approached by a couple coworkers throughout the day asking if I wanted a ride home while also telling me I should leave early before the roads were covered in snow. Their eyes communicated that it was genuine and that they cared about my well-being even though I had only known them for about 1 month. It meant a lot to me until they made fun of me for asking if I needed chains to drive home. Like I said, I had a lot to learn.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
All corn is not the same. I thought I could walk into any corn field, pick some corn, take it home and cook it up. That is not the case. After a lot of laughter I was told that there is “feed corn” and “sweet corn”. For everybody not from the Midwest, Feed corn is used to make corn meal, animal feed and a bunch of other stuff. Sweet corn is whats for dinner.
What can we find you doing when you’re not at work?
Playing ice hockey, coaching my daughter Violets soccer team and my son Keegan in football, walking my boxers Lexi and Murphy, and taking my wife to Cappis for pizza and beer. Pretty much anything outside.
Cats or Dogs?
I currently have 3 cats and 2 dogs. I have to go with Dogs, they show continues love no matter what the situation is.