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Working with People that We Like

“If you can't see yourself working with someone for life, don't work with them for a day.If you can’t see yourself working with someone for life, don’t work with them for a day.” – Naval Ravikant, Successful Tech Angel Investor

Admittedly, this is way easier said than done. At some point in our careers, especially in the early stages, we may not have the luxury of selecting who we work with or for. While it’s a luxury when we can choose. Warren Buffet, certainly someone with a lot of autonomy over his working life has said “I don’t have to work with people I don’t like.”

Still, while it’s a luxury to select who we work with to the extent we can choose; I believe we should choose for the long run.  While we will all undoubtedly find ourselves in situations where the priority is production or task completion, what we choose in the present can be determined by our long-term vision.  It’s the decision between being transactional in what we do versus being relationship based. If we are thinking beyond the quarter’s or year’s goals, then what type of values and priorities as parameters do we choose for those goals?

For me, I want to feel rewarded in completing those goals alongside people I like. Success, like laughter or a lot of things, is best when shared.  And what’s better than forming friends out of the people that we work with so that we can enjoy our day to day life, regardless of the resulting production? 

Of course, the best part of all this is that good relationships can be a key ingredient to success anyway.  It takes some amount of initial faith to move from the transactional to the intangibles in life.  It can feel a little untethered to leave the world of projections and objectives to spend some time in creativity or self-expression.  However, to use one more Naval Ravikant quote, “Following your genuine intellectual curiosity is a better foundation for a career than following whatever is making money right now.” I think this statement utilizes the same philosophy as the first quote – namely that the priority should be working in a way that provides some immediate gratification in the form of being with people you enjoy and following genuine interests.

SRE is based on the notion of being around people we like. Our core plan is simple. Do good work, be you and be excited about what you do.  Our business, is a relationship based one. 

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