Seattle – The Opportunistic City

By Team 2018 Member

Opportunity is everything. Visiting Seattle gave us the opportunity to understand and learn why the headquarters and homes for many different companies are located here. While in Seattle, we visited three different companies: Amazon, Microsoft, and Dropbox. Each company was different, but all these companies gave us inspirational insight.

A banana a day keeps the doctor away. This is the way of life for Amazon in Seattle. Amazon has brought Seattle many different opportunities. While doing a company visit at Amazon, we met with three Western Michigan University alumni. Amazon taught us that learning will never stop. We need to not measure our hours, but measure how close we are to achieving our goals. Having this mentality will ensure that goals are being completed. In addition, we were taught to get nervous and get curious. All of the alumni we met were nervous when starting with Amazon. Once they changed those nerves to excitement, they got curious. Curious to what they could achieve with this position.

Stop and recognize you are successful. Microsoft taught us many ideas that made our group think. Instead of being a know-it-all, we should become learn-it-all’s. This idea really stuck to me. If you are willing to learn in a new position and understand of the concepts to grow, it does not matter where you get your education from. By having the ability to know that learning is constant in your life, you will achieve anything that you put your mind to. Sal Mosca believed that one must be out of their comfort zone 30-40% of your time. It will be the only way that you will grow as a person. We learned something very similar at Amazon. By creating goals that are just farther out of your reach than you believe, one day they will be reached.

Be the leader that you want to work for. DropBox is a growing office in Seattle. This office had to create more space for its employees because it keeps growing. During this visit, Mitch Walker, taught us to treat employees how we wanted to be treated.

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