• John Isaac

What I Learned After 4 Years at an Agency

Updated: Jul 25, 2018


(Found this in an old notebook I used for reflection)


I was the first hire for a startup digital marketing agency. I relocated for the unique opportunity where I would be able to build an agency with them. I found the Design business. What a journey.


Here are 7 things I learned


1. You CAN make a difference - Look for unique opportunities. They are out there. They craft your story.


2. Step out of your comfort zone, often - It's part of the maturity process.


3. No such thing as a backward step - Friends called me crazy for taking up the role but it was actually my way of moving forward. Perspective.


4. Embrace culture - You learn a lot from people from diverse backgrounds, ages & cultures. Be open to it. 


5. Don't do things for money - I was being paid a 1/4 of what I was earning previously. I even worked paycheck to paycheck for the first 18 months, literally.


6. When Designers (staff in general) grow & leave, it's a great thing - It's evidence that we did our job. Stale employees are bad for business. Give them purpose.


7. It's a very small world - Don't I know it.


(8. Melbourne > Sydney) ;)


What would YOU add? Have a great weekend!

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