If you know me well, you know I love sharing information with others. Whether it is just an article or a job opportunity, I believe spreading and caring. I take pride in my gut instinct to pass along new pieces of information to people who might find it beneficial. Doing so has resulted in a lot of opportunities for myself and others.
I shared an internship opportunity to with a friend two days ago. He asked me why I don’t pursue it myself. I said the opportunity is great for sure but I don’t apply to companies by just looking at the job description and that I always pick potential mentors to work with. I pick people, not jobs or roles or companies. While that sounds cliched or cheesy, if you know me or know any of my past employers well, you know it’s true. This flows from my curiosity about people, products and industries in general.
I chose to work at SoGal, betaworks, and Assist because I already had a lot of context on them and the person who eventually ended up hiring me. I don’t like going in blind. I can consume a lot of information in short span of time and make a judgment call on whether and how badly I want to pursue working with someone.
While I was at betaworks, I stumbled upon Cycle’s creative work. If you don’t know what Cycle is, I suggest you check this post out. I had been a fan within a week of watching a video made by them. As I got more and more interested in their work over the summer last year, I started following the executive team at Cycle on twitter and in news. Over the months, I became a vocal fan and supporter of their work. Just search “sarthakgh” and “bycycle” on Twitter to get a sense of what I am talking about.
Late December last year, I reached out to Jason Stein on twitter asking if they hire remote interns. This wasn’t a random ask. I had been thinking about exploring the world of agency, video, and social. And, these guys were killing it in those areas. I also got a big endorsement for their work and Stein specifically from one of my mentors.
I had been interacting with Stein over the months on Twitter so I knew I will at least get a proper response for sure. Unsurprisingly, he got back immediately. He said “ No, but for you yes”. I was pleasantly surprised. He set up a call with his team in the following week. I had a good conversation with the team. But, I ended up deciding against taking the role. I justified my decision by saying I had other commitments and wont be able to carve out time. While that was true, in hindsight, I admit I overstated it. I probably got cold feet and was wondering if Cycle was really the right thing for me at this point in my career. I was second guessing my initial decision. I had been feeling guilty about that ever since. I didn’t know how to let Jason know that. I was so grateful to him for even considering making a role for me and accommodating the remote nature of the role. I held off having a direct conversation with him. I was handling the situation in the most unprofessional way possible in my standards.
Couple weeks later, Jason reached out asking if I would like to take on small projects and see how it goes. I instantly jumped on that chance and signed a contract with Cycle to work with the team. I said yes not because I felt guilty, but because that should have been the case in the first place. Jason is an incredible entrepreneur. Cycle just fantastic work. Employees I know there love the culture. Wasserman, the parent company of Laundry Service that owns Cycle, was announced as one of the world’s most innovative companies in sports category by Fast Company. Most importantly, Jason saw something in me to put his trust in me to accommodate me.
I was a fool to not take it seriously.
So, here I am now. Admitting to what really went on in my mind. I am just hoping the crew at Cycle reads this and still trusts me with the work. I shall prove it to them that they made the right decision.