EVICTED!

I was deeply focused on the campaign’s logic on my screen when her hand slid a manila folder onto my desk, and without saying a word, she patted the envelope twice and walked away.

My heart sank when I opened the envelope and read the one-page letter that was enclosed. On corporate letterhead, with all kinds of fancy words and legal jargon, it essentially said we were being EVICTED!

WHAT?!

How could that be?

We had only been in this shared office space for about two months. Since we’re growing quickly we had arranged a deal where we were paying an extra $50 each month to put an extra person in a cubicle meant for only one person. Since there weren’t any other cubicles available, we kept cramming people in. We were constantly using the conference rooms as overflow offices, we’re a boisterous group of people having fun growing our organization, and in the end, I think we ticked off a person or two.

That was a couple of weeks ago. And with a crazy travel schedule, going to different partner events, and servicing our clients, we didn’t have a whole lot of time to find a new office

We were told we had be out of our old office by 5pm last Friday.

EVICTED!
Here we are as we left our cubicles behind and headed to the new office.

We finally found a place we liked on Thursday.  We threw all of our stuff in the back of our cars at the end of the day Friday, went and signed the new lease, and then took the team to the new office.

We’re super stoked about the new office and the next phase of Box Out Marketing.

Why do I share this with you?

Because growth comes with growing pains.  No matter how you look at it.

And you can look at that pain as a bad thing or a good thing.  If we approach growing pains the right way, they only represent the stairs we’re climbing on our journey towards our goal.  Yes, the Stairmaster can be painful.  But it’s also rewarding, fun, and exciting if you let be.

So, this week, look at your challenges and pain in a new light.

What are you learning?  What freedom will this challenge allow you once you overcome it?  Who are you becoming?  What will your organization look like once you get through your current challenge?

Don’t let your challenges define you, let them refine you.