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As I was reflecting on the past year, the phrase “delicate
balance” was the only thing that came to mind. There is one
point at which opposing forces form a balance between work and
family time, between pushing yourself to the limit and taking
a break, and between being online and offline. There isn’t one
correct ratio—it depends on the individual and the
environment. I found mine in 2017.
Red and white, and a lot of snow—so very Swiss.
“My work matters,” you think to yourself. In a small studio,
shop, or a startup, everything you do is significant. You can
see your contributions pushing the business forward every day.
You feel good about yourself.
If you’re 1 of 3 people in a company, you’re almost a
superhero. If you’re 1 of 30, you might still feel you’re
contributing. But if you’re 1 of 3000, can you recognize your
impact on the whole business every day? If you leave for three
months, you’ll find the company somehow survived without you.
To be more specific, write down everything important.
Early in my corporate career, I asked an experienced designer
what had helped him make the transition from a small agency to
a big company. He suggested that I should keep a permanent
track of what’s happening for myself. Projects change and
people come and go so it’s hard to keep everything in memory.
People often ask me, “How do you like working in a big
company?” and I always answer, “I like working with my current
team.” The look I get back reveals that people think I’m
hiding something. I’m not. It’s just that I’m not comfortable
projecting relationships and attitudes of my closest twenty
colleagues to tens of thousands other employees across the
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