Quote #12 – Advice from Build-A-Bear
June 18, 2010 2 Comments
Corey, the International Marketing Intern, and I have had meetings with a lot of people at Build-A-Bear Workshop over the past two weeks (I cannot believe my internship is now 20% over!) in an effort to learn more about who works at the company, how Build-A-Bear operates, how the international team fits together, our own career paths, etc. It’s really a great opportunity. One of the questions we have asked is for advice or wisdom, based on personal experience or working at Build-A-Bear. Today, the following quote was offered, which I found particularly meaningful as I struggle with letting go of my past summers and moving forward – a.k.a. “growing up”.
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
– Soren Kierkegaard
Soren Kierkegaard was a Danish Philosopher and Theologian, generally recognized as the first existentialist philosopher. He lived 1813-1855.
Of course, general advice has also consisted of find your passion, don’t just work for money – actually enjoy what you do and who you work with, etc. The standard “work smart” and “work hard” that I got through Boy Scout experiences has continued at Build-A-Bear as well.
My internship has been great so far and I love the work that I am doing. Unlike the stereotypical stories of interns filing papers all day, I believe that the projects I am working on are actually affecting the operations of the company. Build-A-Bear really does believe in its people as key to the company’s success and I have been amazed at how much they seek to develop the interns. I could not be luckier this summer.