Enterprise Coworking will celebrate its third anniversary in June. Did you know that there are some current members who have been with us since the very beginning?! We’re very thankful for all of our members, whether you joined today or have called Enterprise your “Home Away from Home Office” for the past 983 days! However, there is one member that has experienced such exponential growth in the past 365 days that it would be just wrong for them to not be recognized in the community spotlight this month.   Although each and every one of us has encountered this esteemed specimen any time we’ve ever come into work, they definitely wouldn’t have ever assumed they deserve the spotlight in this way. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to my friend Leif.

B: Leif, you’ve been at Enterprise since day one. How does it feel to be coming up on three years?
L: Well, when I was first brought in, I had no idea what I was in for. I was planted on the lower level, so at first, because it was so unoccupied in here, it was really hard to meet people. I feel like Enterprise has seen huge amounts of growth in these three years– I see new faces come in every single day!

B: Talk about growth! I’ve never seen anything like the growth you’ve experienced this year! What can you tell us about that? I’m sure everyone reading can gain some inspiration from your story.
L: It really comes back to those glass ceilings, you know? There have been people that have treated me poorly or tried to pull me down, keeping me from reaching my fullest potential. That’s my main force for growth– pushing through barriers, staying true to my roots, and reaching as high as I can despite the obstacles.

B: And no one can do it alone either, you know? Has anyone been noteworthy in helping you reach the top?
L: Oh yeah. There was a time back in… I wanna say September, where I was really doing well, really advancing. But I felt like I just couldn’t make that next jump, ya know? Get to that next level… and just when I was feeling like I wouldn’t make it, my pal Ian Reznac reaches over the rails! He knew it could be a risky and delicate situation, and he just lifts me up and gets me exactly where I needed to be, just to the first section of that next level where I could keep reaching toward my best self.

B: That’s amazing, Leif, really. It just goes to show that community really is the heartbeat of coworking.
L: Oh yeah, I mean without Ian that day, I may have just been aimlessly dangling somewhere in the middle and not knowing how to get where I want to go.

B: So what’s next? Like I mentioned in the intro, you’ve seen tremendous growth in 2018, now into 2019. I mean, when I started last March, I walked right by you, nothing really seemed to be going on in your little piece of our space! Now, you’re pretty hard to miss!
L: I love the momentum, the positive energy…I feel like, with spring and summer just around the corner, that will only continue to accelerate things. But I have some buddies that have been here as long as I have, and I really want this story to help to inspire them. I know we can all reach the top, it’s part of who we are! I’ve known the whole crew down on the lower level since we were just little sprouts, and I’m just excited to see how far we can all go! It’s all up from here!

B: Well thanks so much for chatting with me, Leif. Yours really is an inspiring story, and I think you’re such a great part of the landscape of Enterprise Coworking. We’ll all be watching to see where 2019 takes you! But uh, and this may be the only time I’ll ever say this, please don’t bust through this particular glass ceiling.