It's the end of 2014 as we know it, and this remarks another year of my career in this industry, at different time and place. And as I am heading to office buffet lunch after this for some holly jolly bonding time, I would like to let myself contemplate a little bit. It's Christmas time again, with different team and different leaders to cheers to. Being a nomadic bee, I am pretty sure that I would have another one at other place next year, with all new people altogether.
I am grateful that I close this year with new experiences in a new place. I can't be more happier to fall in a space where I meet people that inspire, or finally hooked to take care of few junior creatives with potentials and passion. Leading a team is something new for me to learn, and that alone leads me to always refer to my former leaders whom I cherish profoundly.
Given a task as head of creative takes me to demand less of selfishness in myself. To think before I act, and to constantly burning up the flames and make sure they embrace the spark. I am circuiting myself on responsibility roulette, and so far, this has taught me a great lesson.
I remember one of my CDs writes "Leaders Eat Last" on his Whatsapp's status, which is (probably) taken from this book that he reads. It bugs me a little bit every time I scroll down my contacts, pulling out curiosity on what the lines all about. So here I go, wish I could get my hand on it anytime soon, because after flipping it on the web, this seems like a good piece for the shelf. At anytime, this could be the handpicked one.
"Leaders are the ones who run headfirst into the unknown. They rush toward the danger. They put their own interest aside to protect us or to pull us into the future. Leaders would sooner sacrifice what is theirs to save what is ours. And they would never sacrifice what is ours to save what is theirs. This is what it means to be a leader. It means they choose to go first into danger, headfirst toward the unknown. And when we feel sure they will keep us safe, we will march behind them and work tirelessly to see their visions come to life and proudly call ourselves their followers."
However, I thank that CD of mine for leading me the way and make me want to be more, to dream more, to achieve more. And of course for a subtle guide on finding this book. If next year I bound to different team as a follower, I wish I would have more good leader to look up to. And vice versa, if I am assigned to lead another team, I wish I have that guts above to follow.
And on the other note, as I write my last note 2014, I'm happy to finally meet potential juniors who appreciate typography as much as I do. I am looking forward to embark on projects with them and make ways so they can grow, with me, with Letterplatters.
Again, if a leader is a role someone has to fill, let that be one of my resolution next year. Hope better things would come around this time for all of us. Have a jolly holiday, peeps.
Sabbe satta bhavantu sukhitatta.