It's that time of the year where everyone's running about preparing for Christmas.
Maybe you've been out getting stuff ready, or maybe like me, you've been thinking about how the year has been and making some resolutions for the year ahead.
For me, this year has truly been a wild ride. A lot of things have happened that have made me learn to appreciate being in the company of truly passionate people; really giving 'love what you do' a whole new meaning. I've met some incredible people this year that have made this journey all the better, and experiences that I've been granted have given me the chance to grow. Looking ahead, I'd want to keep up this consistency and drive. One of my favourite pieces of advice was to 'change the energy of the room'. Whatever you do, don't do it half-heartedly. Inject passion into it. And when there's true passion, it bodes for incredible things. I'd tell you all about my new year resolutions, but then you won't read my upcoming blog, so I'll save it for later. 😜
At Leezair, here's the inside scoop on what some of the rest of the team is thinking about their 2016 and their hopes for the year ahead:
Katrina, Junior Frontend Developer
In 2016, I'm inspired by the vivaciousness of the Leezair team and grateful for their guidance. 2016 reminded me to never stop learning and be open to new challenges. It's when my head and heart are open and eager that I'm the happiest.
Ralf, Head of Engineering
As 2016 was my first full year in OZ, I really see more of the beauty of life in all facets. At the same time it makes me feel sad that there is still a lot to work on to make earth a better place:
Like war in the Middle East, millions of refugees coming to Europe
Yes, Trump wasn't really a good thing
I see the Great Barrier Reef bleaching and Australia is still focusing on fossil resources rather than renewable
But at the end, I am still super happy here with my fiancee and my friends and family are ok 😉
Calvin, Head of Operations & Co-Founder
It comes down to three things for me:
1. I should have done this earlier, starting a start-up
2. You won't fail by not taking risks, but you won't succeed either
3. I suck at ping-pong 😜
Jessie, Business Developer & Growth Hacker
My learnings for this year are:
1. If you want something, ask for it - sometimes all you have to do in life is ask for what you want! I got this job by emailing Calvin to see if there were any opportunities (that weren't internships) and he was able to create a role for me
2. It's ok to not know where you are exactly going. Just graduating from university this year I had no idea where I would end up (I was thinking I would end up in a corporate graduate program). It's ok to test things out and find out what you do and don't want in your career, and life in general
3. Follow your own mind/heart. As cliche as it is, anything you want is really possible, I took a year off despite what other people around me said about risking getting a job or being too flighty, but I had a great year of travelling and making friends all around the world!
Nigel, Australia's Coolest Intern
2016 made me realise that I need to focus on myself more. In order to appreciate life to its fullest, I need to spend time investing in myself. This year by focusing on myself I've seen what I'm capable of and what I can do. This year has been motivation for me to work harder in 2017, start afresh and keep reaching for goals bigger than what I'm able to achieve.
Rosa, Brand Marketing Manager
My thoughts on 2016 are:
Anything is possible: Leezair released 3 apps, 1 marketplace and grew its catalogue to 50,000 in 5 months - oh, and Trump became President. Change should always be welcomed: When change happens, growth happens. This goes for turnover within the team, to new business direction. I have learnt more about myself and my capabilities when I've been forced to think on my feet and change. High risk equals high rewards: If it was easy, everyone would join a start-up, but something awesome happens when you jump in the deep end of a start-up. You find your strengths, weaknesses and opportunities much faster than you would if you worked for any old corporate. At Leezair I have found my people, my niche and my passion.
What are your thoughts on the year? What are your hopes for 2017? Share them with us in the comments or drop a comment just to say hello! We'd love to hear from you.