Somehow, in the midst of a conversation, a colleague laughed out loud and said you’re such an idealist!

I stopped, noticing that I might have (in the past) apologized for being so unrealistic. For being driven. For being relentlessly focused on the things that matter to me.
As if those are bad things

Or I might have felt bad for being high maintenance

But this time, in that moment when I stopped those apologies, I felt a wave of pride instead.
You bet Im an idealist! I responded. And I smiled.

I believe in the power of teams. I believe that people want to be a part of meaningful projects. And I believe that everyone wants to rise to your expectations. So why not have great expectations?

And the very next day at WeDay, I found this t-shirt:

shameless idealist

I love it!
And I’m proud of it!