Hello SOTGC community,
This post was inspired by a speech the Global Senior Vice President of Medtronic’s Surgical Technologies division gave to the Medtronic Advanced Energy sales team a few weeks back. Though he was talking about a company, the story he told made me realize that everyone should have a mission statement: corporate, entrepreneur, and a personal mission statement by which we live.
Mark shared a story with us as he was introducing his boss, who would be conducting the Medtronic Medallion ceremony for us. Every employee who works for MDT gets a Medallion to remind us of the vision and goal of our company. As he was talking about what the Medallion means to him, he recounted a very personal story for us. (If you’re wondering, I reached out to Mark and asked permission to reference him in this post, and it was granted.) In his story he talked about the significance of this mission statement. How reading the words printed on his Medallion helped give him the courage to face the situation, and helped restore the promise that anything and everything is possible.
I feel the same way about the mission statement I wrote for SOTGC as I was becoming more concise about WHAT this brand stands for. On the days when I’m exhausted, when the pressure of my full time job as a surgical device sales rep are getting to me, and I have 100 new things to learn and implement to keep SOTGC on its upward trajectory…I turn to these words.
SOTGC’s mission is to empower, support, and promote women.
These words give me strength, they give me resolve, they grant me the extra burst of energy I need to power through that day or week and continue to fight for my dream, while maintaining the level of work I’ve always given my clients and company. It’s why I started SOTGC in the first place, why I work 80-hour weeks between the two companies, and why I will continue to work tirelessly until my goal is realized.
So how about you? What’s your company’s mission statement that needs to be placed in a visible location where you can look at and gain strength from it on a regular basis? Or more importantly, what’s your personal mission statement? What do you stand for? What will keep you going on those days when fatigue sets in and you feel like giving up your hopes and dreams?
If this post inspired you, please head to the SOTGC Facebook page and “Like” us to get daily inspirational (or just humorous) updates…and while you’re there, please leave a comment with your mission statement…be it corporate, your own business, or your own personal mission statement.
Above: Every MDT employee goes through the Medallion ceremony…and receives the mission statement in tangible form