How long has it been since you did something for the first time?

Yesterday I pulled a Brené Brown. I don’t know if that’s a saying already, if it’s not, it should be. I was invited to do a talk about Branding and Strategy Positioning.
Yes, I’ve been working on this for the last 15 years.
Yes, I was a professor for 8 years.
No, it’s not the same thing. Not even close.
Yesterday was my first time taking “the stage” to talk about what I do and how I do it, to a crowd.

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I woke up this morning with a big urge to write about it. that means I’m in need of processing, understanding and reflecting from the experience, that something important and meaningful happened. …

I got contacted by a big Consulting firm’s recruiter. Apparently he was interested on my profile, as he thought it was a fit with some positions and clients they work with.

I’m actively looking for a job, so I thought it was a really nice opportunity and I agreed to have a call.
I got a really nice feeling from the discussion, he sounded interested enough and wanted me to talk with the specific area recruiter.

Well, as always, I misunderstood my feelings.

Did I?

I received an email today, on which he said the following :

After our recent phone conversation and reviewing your CV with my colleague, we have decided not to move you forward at this time. This decision was a difficult one, and it reflects our best assessment of who, among a group of highly qualified individuals, has the best chance for a successful and personally rewarding career with us.

How every unhappy-ending story has a silver lining

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I was supposed to start a new job yesterday, as a Learning Experience Designer in an Amsterdam fast-growing-startup. Yes, I was supposed to.

After two months of interviewing process and an extremely big assessment, two weeks ago I had the last meeting with the HR representative and the project manager, during which we negotiated within an already pre-approved ranged, and then we shook hands while they welcomed me to the Company. I was just so happy.
During the two remaining weeks the only missing step was “just” a formal ok from the CEO to sign the contract, which I was suppose to receive last Friday and would sign the first day on the job. Again, I was supposed to. But that Friday I didn’t get any contract, instead, I got a call. It was the HR representative, but this time with a completely different story to tell. The CEO had frozen the entire project I was going to be working on. Suddenly, and just like that, they were telling me that nothing of all what we had agreed on was happening anymore. Not today, neither tomorrow or next week. …

Pequeñas porciones de pensamiento, rescatadas de aquí y de allá a lo largo de los últimos dos años. — Small pieces of thought, rescued from here and there for the last two years.

09/01/14

Revoluciones interiores, que el cuerpo tiemble y se sacuda.
Y luego,
la calma inquietante del silencio.
Escucharse.

Internal revolutions, the body trembles and shakes.
And then,
the haunting calm of silence.
Listen.

Pequeñas porciones de pensamiento, rescatadas de aquí y de allá a lo largo de los últimos dos años. — Small pieces of thought, rescued from here and there for the last two years.

09/01/14

Quiero recordar todo aquello
que alguna vez creí insignificante
o me dio temor
y olvidé, aparté ó guardé lejos.

El cambio es desde adentro.

I want to remember all,
what I once thought insignificant or scary,
and I forgot, put or kept away.

Change is from inside.

Pequeñas porciones de pensamiento, rescatadas de aquí y de allá a lo largo de los últimos dos años. — Small pieces of thought, rescued from here and there for the last two years.

02/01/14

No corras tanto
si es a ti
a quién estás buscando.

Don’t run so much,
what you are searching for
is yourself.

About

Agustina Turchetto

Turning empathy into creativity | Designing experiences and products | Caring about people and the planet | http://aturchetto.me

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