ORMIT is the kind of company that forces you to step out of your comfort zone. It confronts you with everything you already knew about yourself, and even sheds a light on the characteristics and behaviors you were blind to or did unconsciously. It is the kind of company that actively creates an atmosphere where open feedback and honesty to all are appreciated. And in the end, that is what makes ORMIT so great.
During my last project as a Team leader at American Express, I realized just how much ORMIT has nurtured this growth mindset within myself. I was presented with an opportunity that for me meant stepping out of my comfort zone in a way I had never done before.
I was asked to give a presentation during a Townhall for the entire company. Three years ago (at the beginning of ORMIT), I would probably have panicked. I would most likely have come up with a brilliant excuse why I couldn’t give the presentation and searched for someone else to do it. If this plan A failed, I assume I would have given a boring presentation about facts & figures. But because personal development means pushing your limits every time again, I decided to try a different approach.
Speaking in front of a crowd really doesn’t come natural to me and was clearly on my list of improvement points. Because of ORMIT, I started using every opportunity that crossed my path to improve myself, including this one. Even though I still get nervous, and I’m still feeling very uncomfortable, I’m no longer scared to do it because I see it as an opportunity to learn and improve. And that ORMIT mindset, that’s what makes the difference!
During that presentation, standing next to VP’s and Exco members, I chose to be different and to stand out against the other business presentations about figures and (boring) business topics. I grasped the opportunity to use all techniques and tips I learned and to tell my authentic story, to prove myself and I really kicked ass on that stage. Afterwards, a huge part of the crowd congratulated me on my amazing presentation and people kept on doing that the days after too. And right there, right then, I actually realized how far I had come. It seems silly, but all you really need is a bit of ORMIT wisdom in your pocket, a strong will to achieve your goal and a challenging mindset, and then…: the sky is the limit.
Afterwards, my manager at American Express even called me “a star”. My conviction is that this definitely wouldn’t have happened after a presentation 3 years ago, or without the amazing, constructive feedback of my poolies and ORMIT, for that matter. I realize that ORMIT has been the instigator I really needed in order to search for a better version of myself, every single day. Thanks to that, I was able to modify my mindset to my motto of today: “I’d rather take on an opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and fail, than to miss out on an opportunity to learn.”