The New Kid on the Block

Submitted by Donna Fiedler on Wed, 2012-05-30 15:57

It's not easy being the new kid on the block:  everyone watches you, wonders what you're like.  You have to try and reach out to make new friends.  Find common ground from which to build a relationship.

Flexaco has a new kid on their block:  Brad Fiedler

Brad is joining our team as a Regional Salesman in Flexible Packaging.  He's a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  He double majored in Advertising and Business, played Division III Football as an Offensive Right Guard,, became a Founding Father of the Delta Chi Fraternity and now sits on their Alumni Board and overall, had a great college experience.  But now what?

Now he joins the rest of us in finding our way in our careers, establishing a new "norm" for his daily routines, social life, etc.  It's not an easy transition for anyone!  Frankly, it's just not  easy giving  up the college way of life and facing  the cold, hard truth - "you must face real life and work until you die!!"

Well - maybe it's not THAT bad - but you know what I mean.  Here's the thing though;  when you are young and full of promise and ambition, you look at life a lot differently than the rest of us who seem to get a bit burned out. 

Brad has a lot to learn; not only on a business level but in life.  But don't we all?  I think what I've learned by having Brad join our Flexaco Team is how much energy he brings  to us and how we can grab onto that and use it as an incentive to continue  working hard and finding  excitement in what we do every day. 

There are a lot of advantages to  being the new kid:  You get to start all over again.  No one knows who you are or has any preconceived notions about who you are.  If you wanted to fake an English accent and pretend you used to live in England, you could - but that would just be weird! 

You could bring fresh, maybe a little off-the-wall ideas to the table and no one will think NOT to consider those ideas because you are the new kid!  Everyone kind of takes pause and thinks, "Hmmm - that might not be a bad idea."  Or not.  Either way - you're given kudos for even bringing an "idea" to the table.  Good Job!!

You could wear your old clothes and no one would know they're your old clothes because they would be "new" to everyone else - that's kind of neat!

 And everybody is interested in your stories, information about you, etc., because you are the new diversion.  A new, interactive feature in the office  that adds entertainment to everyone else's day.

Yep - being  the new kid isn't all that bad.  It's just figuring out where you fit in and then creating  your own road to success - go get 'em Brad!!  You're going to be great!