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Tales from Mondora — Irene

How I left my home and got the meaning of life

What do you want to do with your life?

How many times we had this question asked to us during our youth!

The school we are going to choose, the first steps we take in the working worlds seem to be fundamental. What we are going to do will completely define who we are going to be and the place we will occupy the world.

Even more importantly, it will define whether we will be happy or not with our lives.

Several years after my entry into the “working life” and after many work experiences, I was not believing in this mantra anymore.

So many disappointing episodes had marked my path, slowly extinguishing my desire to do.

Like an ex-tattoo artist now shop assistant friend of mine said, “when you’re 20, you want to do the job of your dreams, at 30, you just want a job where people don’t bother you too much”.

But still, I wasn’t ready to give up and accept a life of compromise and apathy.

Looking for an alternative

So, after attending a course in digital marketing, I said to myself “Ok, from now, I’ll work as a freelance, deciding how and from where”.

But still I wasn’t happy, and I found to lack much of a social atmosphere. Even having an introverted personality, that isolation was not for me. On the edge of depression, I realized I needed to be part of an organization.

“You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life.”
Heather Schuck, The Working Mom Manifesto

The first job interview was awful. After years spent working abroad in young and innovative companies, returning to the Italian feudal-styled job environment was shocking.

The manager began telling me that I would have to work over the time that I was originally assigned to do every day.

After, he would show me a list of tasks while telling me I was incapable of accomplishing them.

His last question was “Are you terrified? Good, you have to be it in order to work at your best”.

Becoming my family’s disappointment, I refused the position, despite its decent conditions. Just thinking about working in that place suffocated me.

I am open to the guidance of synchronicity, and do not let expectations hinder my path.

Dalai Lama

But then, fate allowed me to meet mondora.

Actually, the first contact with the company was somehow weird.

“You see, it’s is a flat managed company. There are no hierarchies, and decisions are made in a communitarian way. They also do many projects for environmental sustainability, for example, there are farmers hired by the company ” the job agency recruiter told me with sparkling eyes, “And they are co-working in a stove store…”.

With my cynical mind, I just thought it was a scam, probably a bunch of hippies who couldn’t even afford a real office and who would ask me for money.

I left the agency feeling discouraged and perplexed. It looked too good to be true.

To the New World

It was in the following days that I started reading about mondora and discovered the world of B corporations, realizing that it was actually a real company.

Enthusiastic, I began telling people around about it, but they struggled to believe me.

“You know, in this company, there are philosophy workshops, meditation meetings, kilometric refund if you go to work by bike, you can choose to spend some workdays cultivating instead of working in office…”

And their question was always the same “Are you sure these people will pay you?”.

But the years I spent in northern Europe made me see that other ways of working were possible, and I immediately realized that this company was doing things seriously, so I threw myself on the interview preparation.

Software, Veggies, and Philosophy

I prepared my CV presentation several times, downloaded from the internet the list of frequent interview questions, found my three strengths and weaknesses and the way to describe my character in just one word.

Was this intensive preparation useful? Not at all!

During the interview, I was asked questions like, “Do you believe robots will ever develop a state of consciousness?” “ Which are your spiritual practices?” “How would you make the world a better place?” And before I could think about it, I was speaking in a pure stream of consciousness, forgetting any preparation or strategy.

It looked more like a friendly drunk interaction on the meaning of life than a job interview.

Still shocked and a little confused, I returned home and spent the next days somewhat anxious about the outcome of the interview.

“Will I be the right person?” I wondered, “Will my experience be sufficient? Will my job skills be up to expectations? Will they prefer a younger profile? Or a senior one?”

I started training for a possible test on digital marketing.

The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

But after a few days, I received a mail with a single question “Irene, in order to decide whether or not to hire you, we need to know what positive impact would you like to create for the good of the community and how you would like to achieve it”.
So, after the weirdest interview of my life, here was the strangest hiring “test” I’ve ever seen.

Needless to say, my project was successful, otherwise, I wouldn’t be here writing.
From today I will (with other colleagues) be in charge of the communication on this blog.

I wrote this post as a “diary” format because is not easy to describe what it means to work in a Bcorp and I think there is nothing better than telling it with a story.

What do you think about this communication method?

If you have a story to share do not hesitate to leave a comment below!

See you soon with the next chapter!

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