In recent years we’ve come to realize that crowd sourcing and share economy are immensely efficient ways of just getting things done. But despite the fact that the same concept is easily translatable to educate on in theory, I had never thought I’d land myself in a whirlpool like this.
Yesterday marked the end of my first week at Tradecraft, an immersive learning program dedicated to spotting and fostering talent to work at high growth startups. Perfect for the Silicon Valley, right? Before even stepping foot in the TC building, or even beginning the program, I was already slowly being buried under an avalanche of pre-work I could only dream of finishing. And that was just the forerunning tumbles of snow.
Day 3 and a couple of projects later I realized, this place is the embodiment of a sharing economy. In this environment where everyone’s an overachiever, grew up an overachiever, will always be an overachiever, I found myself channeling my inner Hermione and being invigorated by everything around me. Competitiveness is not the right word for this situation either, because while we all wanted to be the best, we also wanted everyone else to be up there beside us. When a cohort is this small, the success of the entire group hangs on the performance of each individual. We cannot succeed if one fails.