Just recently at work, I shared a story about how a friend handed the wheel over to me for a race while he was out of town. An honor and a big responsibility. It was not simply go out there and race a boat, but many facets, those being leading and directing a crew, conducting the boat in a safe manner, piloting and handling of the boat from the dock and back, and of course knowing enough about the boat and racing to perform well.
I was entrusted with another person's property and to sail fast. A pretty big request. As for the race, we came in second, which kept us in the running for the trophy at the end of the season, and we did end up winning it all. Anyway, the point I was attempting to make was that I have what it takes and want to take on more responsibility and lead and try to make where I work a better place to do business.
I don't want to sit back and not be somehow making decisions that will make a difference. I've always wanted to work my way up and be given the chance to lead because I've earned it and shown that I am capable. It matters to believe in one's self, and owning CALIX was a big step in believing in myself both on the boat and off.
Another friend told me a story just the other day over a glass a wine, about how they saw me in a whole new light when they came aboard CALIX for a sail. We knew each other professionally but had become friends because of our love of sailing. He didn't expect what he witnessed, he saw confidence, he saw someone who truly enjoyed and knew what they were doing, and at the same time made everyone aboard comfortable and gave them the opportunity to be a part of the sailing or to sit back and relax.
That story inspired me to write up this ship's log and share that I truly enjoy being at the helm and having people trust me to make good decisions. It's inspiring and the more I get a chance to do it, the better I become as not just a sailor but as a human being. Sometimes I'm not the captain, but crew, and part of my job is to just steer for a while. I might not be in charge of the whole gig, but while at the wheel, I'm fully responsible for being completely aware of the ship and her surroundings.
It's just as nerve wracking to steer a ship at night in the ocean as it is in the middle of the bay when there's a ton of motor boats zipping around. Why? Because if the shit goes down, I need to know what to do. It's helpful to be a part of a good crew and know that you can rely on others but if you have to make a call, you have to make a call. Ultimately, not ever having to make a call is preferable, and a great crew and a captain who has a ship well prepared gives everyone a chance to excel.
Perhaps this log entry is actually a cover letter for a career where I am calling the shots or at least part of team that knows I'm ready to do so. I know it's possible, but I also know it takes a lot of work, hard work. Maybe I'm on my way where I'm at and just need to be patient. That's pretty darned important too. It also means always learning and having an open mind. Bring it on. I'm ready.