By Phil Walton
I have been lucky to work in some pretty awful jobs..!
Some interesting jobs…
Some unusual jobs…
Lucky, because I have survived them, moved on from them, and learned from them.
The Tough Lessons
At 18 I left home, I worked in the fields of Norfolk, England, picking fruit, grading veg, and packing trucks. It was physically tough, but I worked with people I liked, in the fresh air and the sun.
Also, I once took a job in Canada – often working 100 hour weeks – for minimal wages. But I did it for a friend, and had great fun travelling. i.e. the culture was right.
For my first entrepreneurial business, I converted an old Mill into 20 arts and music studios in Manchester, England. I did my 8 hour day at my paid job, then travelled 30 minutes to work evenings and weekends labouring – as I had no cash to pay someone else to do it…
What’s my point?
Sometimes we don’t get to choose what job we do.
When you need some income you take whatever job you can get. But thankfully many of us in this Salesforce Community are in a better position. We are building skills and experience, in a growing and in-demand marketplace. So we can be more choosy about where we work, who we work for, and what they stand for.
Let’s be honest here, we often work in sandboxes but this isn’t always playtime. We still do challenging jobs, sometimes have to caffeine our way through tough tasks and handhold clients though long go-live events. But there is (hopefully) a big difference between doing this in a safe and friendly environment, where your colleagues appreciate your hard work and celebrate your successes – rather than somewhere you feel undervalued and unloved.
What do Cloud Galacticos stand for?
A couple of years back we got together and did an exercise, where everyone listed characteristics of Cloud Galacticos, and the characteristics they wanted to avoid. We then looked at similarities and trends, and found a set of beliefs/values/ideals that seemed core to us all. With a bit of clever organising we summarised it as :
I am proud of what we have achieved at Cloud Galacticos so far. We know we can do more. And I know the growing team will lead this as much as I will!
ABOUT CLOUD GALACTICOS
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