Another example of this is at Apparatus, a company that has grown immensely in the past 2 years. I was given the opportunity to help create a position for internal processes by planning, implementing, and now, soon to be training a new hire for the position. To have this sense of ownership is quite rewarding.
The 5 points I made for joining the Orr Entrepreneurial Fellowship in my previous blog have all been met or exceeded. But a characteristic I failed to foresee is the entrepreneurial aspect of the fellowship (even though it is part of the name of the program). When I started in June, I focused on the day-to-day work, the small projects I was placed on. 3 months into the fellowship, I can honestly say that my mind has been transformed from this day-to-day mindset to more of a visionary. By that I mean, I’m asking myself questions like, “Where is Apparatus heading? How did it grow from a 1st stage entrepreneurial company to a 2nd stage? And how will it handle expansion to the 3rd stage of entrepreneurial growth?”
I am a believer that people are influenced by their surroundings. Because of the exposure to the business leaders and entrepreneurs of Indianapolis, it is hard to maintain that day-to-day mindset without seeing what is going on as a whole. This has been a truly rewarding experience and is the characteristic of the Orr Fellowship that has enhanced my first occupation out of college.
By the way, I am a tennis/Rafael Nadal fan.
Vamos Orr Entrepreneurial Fellowship!!!