In This One Life, You Either "Make It or Break It"
Ahhh... I remember the time when I first applied to Chillibreeze in 2015. I was young, had no specific professional experience, and had just graduated. Like any other fresher, I was searching for a job. I was fuelled and was in awe after seeing the old Chillibreeze website and all the content it had in it. I thought to myself. "Man, this is where I want to be." I was so determined and had prepared myself for the day I would be doing the interview rounds.
During the Interview
At first, I went with a student mindset, whereby I had researched and taken notes on every link I could find within the website. It was an overwhelming experience, there was so much good content, and I instantly felt connected to Chillibreeze.
In short, I had done well in all the rounds, and I had just the final round left (Group Discussion). I entered the room, and I saw a group of people sitting and waiting to start the interview. It was the moment that shook me and made me go completely blank. After obsessively studying the Company, I could not believe I could not speak. One of the main reasons was when I saw a man who had a vastly different kind of aura. It was not intimidation or fear, but it was just something completely different about him. This person was James Syngai, who we fondly call Bah James.
To cut it short, I did not make it...
Challenges that I had to face
Time passed after that, and my life changed. I had a very rough time, and it was the most challenging year in my life so far. This was not because I did not get into Chillibreeze, but it was personal and deep. I remember not getting out of my room or house, and the only thing I was good at was "Doing Nothing." I would not move from my bed, and waking up was the hardest part. Apart from letting my anxiety issues take control, I am not sure how one would understand that stage or where I was as I became a complete introvert.
Reflecting on where I was and am now, I am more than grateful to know I am waking up every day with a purpose to be alive and doing something with the life we are given.
2018: Fuelling Up the Mantra: "It is my Year and Doing It."
Challenges can be obstacles or opportunities. I surfaced back up to the short story and had a unique perspective towards life before 2018. Sometime in the last quarter of the year, I wanted to do more, but at the same time, I wanted to start looking for a job, and that was when I saw a Chillibreeze advertisement!!! I knew that was it! I rechecked the website and noticed things were different. I had applied, and after that, nothing mattered to me. I was open to doing any job. In the same year, I traveled to a few countries and experienced people's hospitality and mindset, and approach to life, especially what we talk about here at Chillibreeze: "Dignity of Work." This influenced me!!
I Got the Job!
I started at one of the Chillibreeze properties called The Campus and worked with the Over & Under Team. The very first day, I made a Miniature design of a Poly House and a Shed that exists today as an actual model. My journey began then, and at first, I could not connect much to what Chillibreeze was all about.
Surprisingly, I moved to Zizira, and things went well, but I FAILED and SLIPPED! I took my challenges the wrong way and not as opportunities, and I QUIT ZIZIRA! It was simply because I could not comprehend or perceive things the other way, as I was at Ground zero then, and did not really understand the importance of what the Company is doing and how it is fulfilling its Vision.
The next day made me realize what a FOOL I was to make a hasty decision. I had self-reflected and said, "I wanted this. Why did I do this? Why was I weak? Why was I being stupid (Victim)?". The very next thing that I did was come back to Chillibreeze and ask for a chance.
Second Chance to Prove Myself
The story itself had just begun then as I got the second chance and I had to prove myself. I can say now that life is really a roller coaster, and it will beat you up until you have nothing. I understood that this life we all have is not random. We all have unique fingerprints, and everyone was born for a purpose.
Amazingly, everything happens for a reason, and the Lord always keeps watch. I am grateful for all the good times and bad times. It has made me a strong person. I have grown to be more mature and responsible each day.
The catch here, though, is I did not know then what I know now about what this Company and the people are capable of. So many people inspired me, and I had culminated all of that to be the person I am today. Joining the Graphic Design Production Team was overall new. The limitless amount of knowledge and learnings daily molded me to understand the Standards and the WHY of this Company's existence and excellence.
I am not perfect, but I know I can pursue excellence, simply making the right choices to help myself, my family, the community and inevitably striving to help Chillibreeze Win. I am happy to see my growth and how I have evolved through time by adding value to our customers and the continuous cycle of learning and being developmental.
I have grown wiser. I am gaining a business perspective. I understand that it is not Art and Science. I have been with Chillibreeze for more than three years, and looking at the present, I strongly feel that this is just the START. There is so much that the entire Chillibreeze and I can do. Together we can do more. I feel Blessed as I reflect on how our life was mainly during the Pandemics. I am glad to be a part of this family.
I appreciate all my Esteemed Caring and Wonderful Colleagues. Thank you to everyone who has left an imprint on me, and in return, I look forward to doing that to everyone else.
The Future is challenging us to rally together to make sure it goes down as Revolutionary!
If you want to be part of the Chillibreeze family, too, apply now!