Internship Week 19

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Back in August when I started this journey, I didn’t know what to expect, from any part of it.

I was branching into an entirely new role for me and moving to a completely new state. I’d never set foot in North Carolina before. My knowledge of business concepts was not gained from an MBA program, but from an up-and-coming boot camp and now several months of hands-on experience.

I’m still pretty green with a long way to go, but I look back at where I was when I started and I’ve already come so far. I’m grateful for everything about this opportunity and I’m glad this was the path I’ve come along. Doing something different is pretty awesome.

It’s not just about doing something different though. You can be as different as you want, but if you can’t be useful or valuable, you’re not going to do too well. I don’t have the fancy credentials and a bunch of letters after my name. I don’t have a piece of paper that says I sat through four years of classes I didn’t even want to be in.

Don’t get me wrong, a degree is useful in the right hands, and it does show a level of dedication. But the most successful people understand that it is a complement to hard work.

That’s where I find an edge. I’m going to outwork you because I need to. I don’t have a pass to high paying jobs. I have to show what I’m capable of and do it consistently.

I see it like this. Having no degree saves me from mediocrity. I have to keep hustling, and I will.

At RoleModel Software, it’s cool to see the mix of all levels of education. We’ve had individuals with Masters degrees and we have folks fresh out of high school and some not even out yet working with the company.

Whatever their level of accomplishment, each understands how to work hard. If they don’t, they most likely won’t stick around too long. The company is an awesome environment as a whole, but if you don’t like to work, it might not be the place for you.

If you know me, you probably know that Tim Tebow has always been somebody I look up to. There was something he always liked to remember when he would go to work out or practice. I don’t know if it’s his quote, but it goes like this:

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

Working at RoleModel has pushed me in many ways, but in particular, it makes me see how when you aren’t afraid to just get after it, you can go far.

Looking forward to a new year of hard work and great opportunities, and bringing glory to God through it all!

I appreciate y’all sticking with me through this year. Have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!




Product Development @ RoleModel Software and a myriad of other things // John 14:6

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