Ten years ago today - January 9, 2007, at the Macworld convention, Steve Jobs announced that the iPhone would be released later that year, receiving amazing media attention.
Back then, MeetingPlay CEO, Joe Schwinger, was sitting in a 20,000 square foot office with only one other staff member and a mere stapler. Okay, perhaps he had more than a stapler. He had a suit, a tie, and a very different career.
The company Joe worked for at the time was in the process of building new offices. However, when it came to Joe and his junior associate, they were left to work alone - facing each other no less - listening to the crickets chirp among the 20,000 square feet, as they worked hard each and every day.Like the hard work that those hard hours of work that MeetingPlay's CEO put in moons ago in that 20,000 square foot office - the iPhone is a result of hard work. Just like every single mobile event app and event solution that MeetingPlay creates is a product of hard work as well. Just like each and every event that event professionals put together, is a result of their hard work and dedication.
Because whether you're an event or meeting planner, a mobile event apps developer, an events transportation provider, or the multitude of other event professionals that work together to must come together to create successful events - the reality is - we all work , and must work hard.
1. We Don't Work (Just) 40 Hours a Week
When was the last time an event professional worked 'just 40 hours a week'. Whether it's working additional hours for an event onsite, or working additional hours in the office making sure an the next big event runs is a success - there is no typical '40 hour work week' when it comes to be in the events industry.
2. We Don't Work Traditional Hours
Event professionals don't work traditional hours. Sure we get to the office at 8 or 9 am. But when was the last time our work ended at 5pm? When was the last time we got to go home and not worry if an event was running perfectly - or if a client needed something. When was the last time we didn't have to respond to a client's email at 9pm, an onsite issue at 3am, or an event app issue at 1am. Things happen - and as event professionals, our jobs simply just aren't in line with the traditional 9-5 that other professionals have the luxury of.
3.We Have Amazing Experiences
MeetingPlay's CEO may work harder, longer, and harder than most CEO's and business owners - but he's probably had experiences that most of CEO's and business owners have never had or dreamed about. The team at MeetingPlay has had opportunities and adventures, as well as their own experiences, that not many employees get to have ever have unless they are in the events industry.
Being in the events industry is hard work. It requires dedication, commitment and passion. That's something that we at MeetingPlay pride ourselves on. We're focused on the success of every event we work with. Whether we're developing custom mobile event apps, event registration, or even onsite support - our focus is on the success of our clients and their events - and that means long hours, and hard work. But it also means knowing in the end, we've not only helped our clients succeed, but we're succeeding ourselves.
Cheers to the hard work of Steve Jobs and (and our love of iPhones at MeetingPlay!), and all the hard work of event professionals!
"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do." - Steve Jobs