Make Work an Adventure

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. -Helen Keller

Adventure is Based on Attitude

Our recruiting team has traveled the world, backpacked the wilderness, gone scuba diving with sharks, and competed in Mixed Martial Arts competitions around the world. While these awesome activities are, well, awesome, we don’t believe adventure is based on activity. We believe adventure is based on attitude. We also believe our work day is much better when we apply that attitude to our everyday work life. In living out an adventure in your work day, we believe there are at least five principles to follow:

1. Be Adaptable

Adventurers are ready for anything. Being adaptable means you are ready to roll with the punches, deal with the unforeseen and ride the waves of change. If you remain flexible and open, you will be able to thrive in any environment, and with any combination of team members. You will be able to handle the various challenges and stress that come your way and transform them into productive energy.

2. Be Creative

Adventurers don’t draw within the lines! The ones with the biggest successes are those who think creatively and make their own way, just as an adventurer or explorer would. Of course, using established practices and guidelines as a foundation is a great starting point, but beyond that, it can be incredibly invigorating to go above and beyond and shake things up by doing things outside the norm.

3. Be Collaborative

Adventurers often makes their discoveries with the help of a team. Embrace your teammates and identify each of their strengths. Then, think of ways that these strengths can work together so that you can blaze those trails together. Don’t be afraid to reach out to teammates for help or advice. Success is not a solo game.

4. Be Driven

Adventurers always have their eyes on a prize. Notice I didn’t say “the” prize. This is because, while we may begin with a clearly defined goal, circumstances and priorities may shift along the way, and our ultimate goals may shift along with them. You may start down the path of adventure and discover that your team is capable of more than you ever imagined. In that case, don’t be afraid to move those goal posts further down the past and shoot for the stars! You and your team may go farther than you ever imagined possible.

5. Be Indomitable

Adventurers have to bold, courageous and persistent! Getting knocked down isn’t bad. Not getting back up is the bad thing. There are always challenges to face, but if you face them with an indomitable attitude your odds of success increase drastically. Babe Ruth said, “You just can’t beat a person who doesn’t give up.” Committing 100% to being indomitable through those challenges will help increase your momentum, as well as make your team mates more confident. This in turn will increase the probability of success.

Final Thoughts

These are the core principles we strive to live out in our everyday adventures as we endeavor to build cohesive and exceptional teams in the digital first world. We hope they bring some value to your everyday endeavors as well. Have some adventure principles of your own? We would love to hear about them!

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Written by Mark Whitman

Mark Whitman is the founder of TeamBuilder Search. Mark’s mission is to help clients recruit the top five percent of digital marketing executives, taking great satisfaction in helping clients out-recruit their competition. In the process of fulfilling his mission, he takes great care to help digital marketing leaders elevate their careers. People say Mark owns a recruiting and staffing company. He says he owns a life improvement company. To learn more about Mark visit our Leadership page.
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