7 revolutionary letters: CouragePublished: 2019-06-18 07:59
The person who invented courage didn’t provide its instruction booklet. I have been trying to write it myself – as probably the majority of us do – when I started to pick up some pieces of it along my way.
What we are called to do is definitively not an easy task to perform: write down our own guidelines for life.
Exactly like a writing a book, it takes time and many attempts before we are able to identify the right formula that actually works for us. Each chapter depends on the stage of life we are in. And we might end up writing and deleting a single page hundreds of times.
I have recently found myself re-writing my own chapter about courage.
I turned from being scared by lots of things in life to the extreme antithesis. Along the years I realized that sometimes you just need to jump out of your comfort zone, run to the opposite pole and test a new perspective with a touch of curiosity if you wanna pave the way to a future good balance between the two sides. Add a smile to the recipe – it will boost the final outcome.
Moving to Sweden with a bag full of dreams and no certainties has definitely not been a complete downhill; new culture, new language, new housing system (am I too irreverent by calling it a nightmare?), new rules, new friends, new job. New life and adrenaline, though!
Looking back, despite the hard times, I am grateful to life for what it put me through to build the person I am today – still with my limitations, naturally. This life-changing experience made me realize that every upward sloping road must come down sooner or later.
My experience at Essity has exceptionally brought me out of my comfort perimeter, contributing to push my limits even further than what I had already started doing when I arrived in this country as a perfect bewildered stranger.
How come? Essity is a complex world – it includes all the product cycle phases: technology research, material sourcing, production and supply storage/distribution, product communication and customer’s need adaptation, disposal and recycle.
It is a big machine with lots of small gears that need to cooperate with each other in order to make the whole thing work. We all make the difference in what we do on a daily basis; we can notice this impact at a later moment, but what we create and shape every single day is important because it adds value to the business and to the external world made of people who will benefit from our product range.
Building up an experience at Procurement Operations enabled me to broaden my knowledge of different company departments and process functioning: having the possibility to supervise the purchase orders of a huge part of the corporate functions provides one with the general understanding of the business. Talking to our colleagues everyday allows my team to better comprehend their working needs and support with a dedicated assistance. This position is an umbrella that includes the conversion of transversal needs into concrete actions and it has been teaching me about job-related lessons, but also about myself. What do I know? What do I not? Questions that trigger self-analysis and stimulate an honest improvement.
The unknown is always scaring, but bare in mind that ignorance is the first step of any learning process. Ask, listen, observe, assimilate and repeat over again. The office is a perfect lab to test a new version of ourselves; just step outside your area and give it a chance. Anything can be grasped, nothing can’t be overcome (exactly as my grandma used to tell me while coating a real Cotoletta alla milanese with bread crumbs).
Would you dare to take the next step?
A way to take the lead and be courageous can be found everyday; to open up our mind and widen our horizon through the external environment surrounding us is always possible. By saying YES to life, you will embrace all the mysterious experiences that come with it and you will be surprised by all the opportunities that will pop up on your way.
Challenges can be so meaningful and worth to be tried fearlessly. It is possible for sure and guess what? It’s easier than booking a laundry slot in your Swedish building, I swear!