What a Difference a Year Makes

I love my work

The internet is ablaze with articles and social media posts about “quiet quitting.” Essentially, workers are doing the job they are paid to do (no more, no less) and the corporate overlords are losing their minds. It’s basically an extension of the “act your wage” concept — you’re there to perform specific functions during business hours, and that’s exactly what you do.

Those who subscribe to “quiet quitting” are no longer volunteering for committees; they’re not taking on additional tasks to help out co-workers — they are simply doing exactly what they are paid to do and that’s it.

But what’s the term for those who love their job and will go above and beyond every day at work? I don’t know what that’s called but throw me into that category!

In early 2021, I began having discussions with Gary Kayye, owner of rAVe [PUBS] and LAVNCH [CODE], about joining the rAVe team.

I’ve known Gary for a very long time — first as a reader and advertiser, later as a friendly competitor and now as a boss. I wasn’t looking for a new job and, despite knowing (and liking) several members of the rAVe team, I was trepidatious about accepting an offer.

Gary had asked me to take on a very exciting, but daunting, challenge: start a new publication focused on emerging technologies and create events that were appealing to our readers and partners. On the surface, everything looked perfect. I would be working with a creative and flexible team, I would be well compensated, I would get to create the publication of my dreams and I would be able to continue to working with the AV community I love so much while bringing emerging tech professionals into the fold.

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How could I not immediately jump on that offer? Fear of the unknown. But that fear lit a fire, and I signed pretty quickly. Some were shocked when I made the jump to rAVe, but everyone who mattered to me was extremely supportive of the move — and the opportunities that came along with it.

As of today, I’ve been working for rAVe for one year, one month and 28 days. And there has not been a single day that I have regretted taking this leap of faith. I’ve never been happier going to work every day. I’m at a place where I have creative freedom, which is how I thrive, and, in turn, the company thrives. As cheesy as it may sound, the old saying is true “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” What I’m doing doesn’t feel like work — it feels like embracing my creativity, building a community and having fun with people I enjoy.

P.S. Want to keep up with my adventures at rAVe? Follow me on LinkedIn.