A farewell is not a goodbye
I feel like I have been at CN&CO for years but looking back it has been a short time filled with thousands of experiences. This is what makes me feel like it has been longer than it actually has been. I also think the fact that I have known a number of the team members for years adds to this. (People like Gianluca who, even after seven years, still can’t spell my name correctly).
I am beginning a new adventure in the UK this month and as such I say farewell to CN&CO but not goodbye. This is something that I have wanted to do for a number of years and I even tested the waters at the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019. That experience was amazing and something I was enabled to do by Carel and CN&CO. It showed me that I could do this and that if I really wanted to do it I should.
Read all about my time in the UK on our blog. Besides working with our partners like Club Med and MKTE and meeting new potential partners, I spent my first month exploring Christmas markets and the English countryside and enjoying delicious winter food. In my second month I continued my work with our great partners, I explored some of Europe, I took some classes at the Apple store, and I found a barber. In my third month I continued to connect with new and current partners, I enjoyed theatre on the West End including Wicked, I watched the amazing Arsenal beat Southampton at the Emirates, and I prepared to come home.
A little while ago the team wrote about our “why”. This is our reason for being part of the CN&CO team and I wrote this, which is still true: “It has been quite the journey: it has been a thrilling, scary, amazing, daunting ride.”
I added that “My why is that I want to change lives for the better, I want to communicate the right things to the right people in the right ways, and I want to be happy. I want to do this in spheres that I enjoy and resonate with (both new and old) in meaningful ways that will change people’s lives.”
What I have learnt at CN&CO
Some of the lessons I take from CN&CO are below. Some of these are things I’ve known and others are things I did not know. Let me know on social media what you have learnt either from CN&CO or from your job(s).
- Things can change and they do. Often
- We can determine our own path
- Club Med holidays really are all-inclusive
- While there are consequences to what we do, these consequences – usually – are not the end of the world
- Not all people think the way you do and have the same vision
- Insurance is way more complicated than I thought
- Insurance isn’t as complicated as I thought
- More of us need to be honest about our feelings towards each other – it makes for much easier conversations and better environments
- We should always push ourselves to think more laterally
- Just because that’s how we’ve always done it doesn’t mean that’s how we should still do it or how we should do it in the future
- Think it and then do it. Don’t waste time
- Just give it a try – you never know where it could lead
- Don’t mess it up (we all know to whom this key phrase belongs and I won’t use the actual word he uses in place of “mess”)
- Gratitude will change your life
- Be more courageous. Always
“The decision to walk creates the path ahead.” – Paulo Coelho