At the last all-hands, I attended a workshop about sharing personal successes, achievements and strengths without sounding arrogant. It’s something I definitely struggle with (with which I struggle?). I don’t think other people sound arrogant when they talk about the great things they’ve done — well, some do — but for some reason I don’t feel comfortable doing the same. Maybe I don’t think my successes are as worthy. Who knows. Regardless, it was a really useful and eye-opening session. It was amazing to see people think about their strengths in new ways and I think we all left there feeling better about ourselves.
To give you a personal example, I had spent my time at Mozilla before that feeling really humbled by the amazing people around me. More than that, I looked up to them — and not just in that way that I admired them and wanted to learn from them. I realized that I felt like I was beneath them in some way, like I had slipped through the cracks and wound up at Mozilla by accident, but didn’t really belong there (have I mentioned I also struggle with self doubt?). Thanks in large part to that workshop, I started to see things differently. I still believe I work with some of the most amazing people in the world; I still want to learn from them and better myself by their example; I even still feel humbled by their awesomeness; but now I feel like I belong, like I’m one of them. One of us, I should say.
OK, enough soul-baring. On to the point: I now get to put that learning to use again as I present to you the Firefox Brand Toolkit.
This is a project I’m insanely proud of (the pride of which has made me insane?). I first heard about it during my interview process. Back then, it seemed so distant, so theoretical. I was excited to work on it, but honestly, it seemed insurmountable. I thought I’d be working on this thing for years — a bit here, a bit there, but never totally complete. Yet now, a little more than six months into my time here, it lives. And I love it.
I’m proud of the work that went into it. I’m proud of the writing in it (even if some of my favourite lines are actually Sean‘s). I’m proud of the positive reaction it’s been receiving. And I’m simply proud that we did it. We set out to create something and we create it we did. The fact that it’s great doesn’t hurt either.
John Slater has also blogged about it in greater detail, including what you’ll find in the toolkit, how you can use it and how you can help us make it even better (give it read, if you haven’t already). So I’m not going to repeat that stuff. Instead, I’m just here to tell you it exists, that you should check it out and that I’m very, very happy about it.
I think we done good.