Lessons Learned in 2021

Think outside the box — and keep thinking!

While working on a wide variety of projects, assignments, side gigs, and creative pieces, we discovered that thinking outside the box can mean different things depending on the situation. Sometimes the best solution is the one that is obvious and overlooked. Other times, we have to know when to say good-bye to best practices and the way we’ve always done things, and instead venture into the unknown!

Be proactive to see results

During another year of paralysis and uncertainty, we were reminded of the importance of proactivity. At the most basic level, we can stay open-minded and curious and take the time to dig deeper into what’s around us.

Value the members of your network and community

Though the Opal team has been spread out across the country, the value of community is another important lesson. We are all new to the world of start-ups and to our careers, so we are always learning from those with more experience and knowledge — whether it’s interviewing an expert on the Shine a Light On podcast or getting timely advice from the dev community. We’re grateful for the chance to hear diverse opinions, reflect on new ideas, and contribute our own thoughts.

Show up as your best self

We’re all about giving to others at Opal. But we acknowledge that that means showing up for ourselves, as well. When we take time to prioritize ourselves in the form of breaks, hobbies, vacations, and just relaxation time, we are able to more productively show up for others when the time comes.

  • What do I have in my life to be grateful for?
  • What did I learn from my relationships this year?
  • What did I learn from my professional or school life this year?
  • What sort of habits did I create this year?

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