Sheryl Sandberg is often quoted as have said this in relationship to exciting opportunities and great companies:
If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.
Contextually the comment was made via a conversation that she had with Eric Schmidt who had just become the CEO of Google and who told her that despite the fact that the job he was offering her did not fit “nicely” in to her spreadsheet of needs, wants, and criteria that it was going to be a ride that she didn’t want to miss out on.
I think of this often when it comes to the opportunities that was have created for both our staff and our students.
For our staff we are building a culture worth talking and worth working for with a mission that laser-focused on changing people’s lives – there are few things more obvious and satisfying than this type of organizational calibration.
But perhaps more importantly they are helping to create an organization that’s worth writing home about – a place where they can distinctly call their own and where they get to execute with autonomy and excellence. They are participating in the creation process of building a kickass rocketship and not just one that the leadership and cofounders thought up and then began assigning seats.
This is what makes our culture a more attractive than that of a Google or another _insert_name_here_ company because our so-called rocketship is still being put together and their handprints and the staff’s signature additions are being folded in as foundational.
My goal, to put it as succinctly as possible, is to create the best place they’ve ever worked. This task is quite large but we’re trying our hardest to make it a reality.
For our students we also have the same goal and intent; that they have strapped themselves into an adventure worth 1,000 lifetimes and embarking on a new journey that will forever impact their life’s story. They have taken the first courageous step in saying “Yes” to our program and we’re going to do them a massive solid on making it worth all that and a bag of chips.
But it’s much more than just a tit-for-tat type relationship – the global technological economy is begging for them to be resources and would loved to have had them yesterday – and we have the distinct pleasure of being the first to offer a big cushy seat into the engineering ecology that will serve them the rest of their lives.
What an honor that really is to be one of the first to introduce brilliant people to a world of limitless opportunity where great work and love for craft is amply rewarded. I couldn’t live or work in any other market segment or industry as it favors the bold, the brave, and the passionate; and especially those open to a bit of risk and adventure.
Have you said “Yes” recently to your own metaphorical “rocket ship”? Or are you stagnating in your current employment with very little to look forward to? How can we help you jump on one that’s destined for great things? We’d love to chat about either joining our illustrious team or becoming a student in our Code Academy or even becoming a distinguished family member in our Accelerator Programs.
There’s no better time than now!