TLP 4. Reflections on my last day as an employee.

Today was my last day of work at H&M and well, in general. Two days ago the full H&M Spain & Portugal expansion team (about 30 people) surprised me by taking me out to lunch at a Swedish restaurant in Barcelona, carefully selected to match the occasion. Our manager held a nice speech about how when he was part of my recruitment process six years ago I had already then mentioned my dreams of building something of my own one day, a day that is now here. Although my interaction and relationship with my colleagues has been limited to a professional level (mostly), it seems that the core essence of who I truly am has been intercepted quite nicely, which for me was a very glad surprise. I guess it shows that at some level I have managed to be myself at work, something I am really happy about as being oneself around people is a struggle for most. My manager mentioned how traveling with me for work is as much about exploring new places and traditions, as it is to evaluate commercial potential for H&M. The farewell gifts from my colleagues were a backpack for my adventures, accompanied by a candle with the text ”every adventure starts with a yes”, and a copy of Don Quijote. It could not have been a better reflection of who I am.

I joined H&M straight after graduation, and almost six years, 3 countries and an endless number of fantastic colleagues and friends all over the world later, it feels like a family (a huge, global one). It is the only more permanent professional life I have known and at the same time as I am exciting for what’s to come, it feels so strange to leave. H&M and the people in this company has sort of become a part of me and my own identity, and with all of its success I have throughout these years answered the question of what I do proudly. I have felt fortunate to be part of this journey that this massive company, that still feels like a small family run business, has gone through.

It’s a silly thing really, all the pressure and emotion that goes into the question “What do you do?”. It is the one question that defines us the most at a first encounter with strangers. I have been proud to associate myself with the success story of H&M and my own journey within it, but I cannot wait to have my own answer to that question. When I think about it, I guess it makes sense that with time, what you do for a living becomes part of who you are when you spend such a large share of your life doing it. All the more important that you feel that what you do, is truly who you want to be.

 

All love and no fear,

Philip

2 thoughts on “TLP 4. Reflections on my last day as an employee.

  1. So through
    Agree 100%

    TO LIVE who you truly are is
    the road to a happy life

    It takes guts , you have to be brave and make your choses

    follow feelings more than brain

    Lots of Good Luck

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