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Squad Goals

Squad Goals

Before writing this post, I did a quick google search "when did the term squad come into existence?" Although the term "squad" has been around since the 1940s, referring to your friends as your "squad" or the ever-popular "squad goals" didn't start coming up until around 2013 or 2014, when Taylor Swift and her squad took over the entertainment scene. The original term squad, however, was used in a military setting, referring to those in your unit which would help protect you. Personally, I find it somewhat poetic that we now see to our friends as our squad. These are the people who have your back, who pick you up when you are down and expect the same from you.

While I often joke about 'squad goals,' I am enthusiastically supportive of people having a squad. Having a strong support system is essential, finding people who respect you, want to support you and are there when you need them is vital. It took me a long time to realize that no person is an island, no one should have to go it alone. Finding your community can be hard work sometimes, but the hard work is worth it.

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While I often joke about 'squad goals,' I am enthusiastically supportive of people having a squad. Having a strong support system is essential, finding people who respect you, want to support you and are there when you need them is vital. It took me a long time to realize that no person is an island, no one should have to go it alone. Finding your community can be hard work sometimes, but the hard work is worth it.

In my career, I've formed two squads, one that is comprised of friends and another who is mainly mentors and others who I respect through work. I find both of my squads function quite differently.

My friend squad are my people. These are the people I go to with life-altering problems, the people who pick me up when I'm down and aren't afraid to give me a bit of tough love. In turn, I do the same for these men and women. In short, we've got each other's backs.

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My work squad is people who I deeply respect and go to for advice on mentorship, how to be a better employee and discuss tough topics about my career with. I've tried to surround myself with people who are smarter than me, people who I respect and can seek guidance from. I sometimes refer to this squad as my career development toolkit. I have various individuals who I can 'phone a friend with' that assist me in my day-to-day life and can help me become a better person. As a self-proclaimed lifelong learner, I believe it is essential to learn from both your peer groups and those outside of your peer groups. This is why this squad is comprised of people within marketing and community, but also include an architect, a software engineer and an author.

So, this begs the question: how do you find a career focused squad? This is something I even struggled with. What if they hate me? What if they don't want to work with me? I was getting bogged down with a bad case of the what if's. So I bit the bullet and just asked. I asked my network, I reached out to people whose work I admired, and found people who were the right fit for me. During this process, I also had to break up with a mentor. It was one of the hardest conversations I had, but in the end, it was the right decision for both of us. We are still friends, but just in a different capacity. People grow and learn and sometimes you need to move on to progress in your learning.

Finding your squad, tribe, support group, whatever you want to call it can be a key to your success. It's important to remember whatever you take out of a community you also have to put back into it. Being part of a squad means I have your back and you have mine. Remember folks; we are all in this together.

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