Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 | 5 min read
I started at Sprinklr as an Implementation Consultant in May and have never felt more at home in a job. So many companies have values on a wall plaque or a Constitution that lays dusty within employee desks, but Sprinklr isn’t one of them. When our CEO says, “There’s a new way of work to be realized by an organization that treats each other like FAMILY,” he means it and embodies it in our shared way of living and working, The Sprinklr Way.
This year I’m on my own journey to embody The Sprinklr Way. On November 9th, I will be competing in CureSearch’s Ultimate Hike Southeast on the rugged Foothills Trail of South Carolina – a trying 28.3 mile trek in one day. And as I prepare my body and mind for this incredible challenge, I reflect on Sprinklr’s Core Values.
Never, Ever Give Up. Ever!
My whole life I’ve been held back by my asthma. When I was young, my parents had to administer breathing treatments nightly, I was stricken with severe bronchitis and pneumonia multiple times a year. It was a constant stream of doctors appointments and chest x-rays. I tried to play endurance sports like soccer, track, and cross country like my classmates but I never really excelled… always at the back of the pack or stopped in my tracks by an asthma attack unable to finish a race. Although I somehow found my place, leaning on my leadership skills in the back of the soccer field as the “coach” on the field.
As I’ve aged, my symptoms have lessened and I’m able to control my condition with preventative measures like daily doses from an inhaler. But truthfully, I don’t recall a time even now that I haven’t had a constant intermittent cough. As I watch my friends and colleagues complete major athletic challenges like marathons, 5K’s and triathlons, and I watch from the sidelines in support and excitement for their courage – wishing I too could compete. There’s something about running that puts a strain on my breathing unlike any other activity.
But then everything changed when I discovered hiking. It was right there under my nose the whole time. My dad instilled in me a love for the outdoors from an early age, even though as a child it translated as “hate.” I complained about the heat or the weight of my Ballerina Bears backpack carrying the dog food and toilet paper on the trail, and was met with the simple encouragement only a father could give, “Just don’t puke on your shoes.” Even with all my complaining, he always took me along for the adventure – hiking, camping, backpacking. It wasn’t until years of laying dormant through my lazy college years and beyond that I realized that hate was actually love. Over the past five years I’ve fallen in love with nature all over again. And all it takes are my feet, my boots and some water to take me to “far off” places where the hustle bustle of life stills, and my cup fills. It’s hard on my breathing, but I can control my pace, improve with practice, and enjoy Mother Nature’s beautiful distraction.
It’s OK. Be Fearless.
So as I gasp for air on the first big climb of my 13 mile Fall Creek Falls Trail trail hike today, I’m scared, wondering if I’m crazy. I’ve signed myself up for a competition 2x the mileage that I’ve ever done on a backpacking trip, much less in one day! That’s 13 hours on the trail! But I’m determined, because for once it will mean, I’m not a bystander. I did it! ME!
Passionately, Genuinely Care.
The best part about conquering a fear is not being alone. Luckily I will be surrounded by more than 50 other hikers and cancer survivors. Ultimate Hike fundraising proceeds all go to CureSearch’s fight against Children’s Cancer. And as I start to lose motivation or feel the pain, I will let my drive to do good in this world propel me forward. If the most fragile and innocent in our world have enough courage to stand up to cancer, I sure as heck can do this.
Megan Hassall is a Lead Implementation Consultant at Sprinklr based in Nashville, Tennessee.
To learn more about Megan’s hike challenge or to help support her fundraising goal visit http://www.curesearchevents.org/goto/meganhassall. For every person who donates $20, Megan will wear a ribbon in their (or their Designee’s) name on her trail pack.
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