Tribal Thoughts: From Serving Beer, to Serving the Community

May 5, 2016

Prior to my journey at 616, I was a server, a dreamer, and a student. I served the people of Grand Rapids spectacular food and beverages, where the regulars and co-workers were my community. After two years, I woke up with an inescapable feeling of yearning to do something different. That is the same day I applied for the position at 616 Lofts.

I knew that 616 served the community in a different way and it would take time to adjust to a professional position. This transition was not a simple one, but the 616 Tribe made it much simpler. Now that my marketing apprenticeship has come to a close, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some of the things that I have learned. Along this journey I have jotted down some of my first lessons of becoming a professional:

1. AM alarm + 2 cups of coffee = happiness
2. Get your most dreaded work done out and of the way first.
3. A lit screen can quickly drain your soul. In a disconnected world filled with efficiency, I get my best work done with others. Enough with the emails… walk over to someone and converse!
4. Take a break. It is as simple as that. Never stare at a screen working 8 hours without stopping.
5. Know when you’re most creative. I have to write in the morning- after my 2 cups of coffee, of course.
6. Make sure you know your time zone. If you set your calendar to the wrong time zone, you WILL look like an idiot on several occasions.
7. When someone asks you to have a beer, say yes.
8. Writing on paper never goes out of style.
9. I’m still trying to figure out how to increase productivity on Friday’s…. searching for advice on this one
10. Most of all, I learned that serving a community can be done in many different ways, but it is important that I do this in whatever career I have

After working long physical hours as a server, and staying up until the birds chirped, I realized that it was a different job… but the intentions were the all same. I learned that serving my community, no matter which way it is done, is important to me. Moving forward in my professional career I have learned the importance of not only this ‘big’ stuff, but the small stuff.

It all comes down to going to work with intention to do something good for others. Even if that is serving beer or building lofts.

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By Rachel Steuf

As 616’s Marketing Apprentice, Rachel challenged Tribe members to think outside the box on community engagement and sustainability efforts.

Graduating from Grand Valley State University this spring, Rachel looks to continue her career in Marketing and PR, with the intention of doing something good or others – big or small.