Azcomp Technologies IT July 2017

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JULY 2017



Here at AZCOMP, we have a unique training ritual. During an employee’s first week, they watch the movie “Chasing Mavericks,” which is the inspiration for our fifth core value: We Chase Mavericks. This tenet is all about seeing challenges as opportunities, and the bigger the challenge, the more eager we are to tackle it. “Chasing Mavericks” is based on the true story of surfing legend Jay Moriarty. When Jay was 8, he was saved from drowning by his neighbor, Frosty Hesson, an avid surfer. This event sparked his unending passion for the sport. A few years later, Jay sees Frosty and his friends surfing a huge swell called Mavericks near his home in Santa Cruz, California. Watching the action spurs Jay to want to do the same. Frosty, however, is hesitant, insisting that Jay first learn the basics. I won’t spoil the movie for you, but suffice it to say, Jay pursues this challenge with a dogged determination we all seek to emulate. I was watching the news recently and saw a story that embodied our value of “Chasing Mavericks.” The story was about Jamarion Styles, a boy from Boca Raton, Florida, who lost both hands and most of his arms from a bacterial infection during infancy. Talk about a challenge! Rather than feeling dejected, Jamarion approached his personal challenge with the same audacity that Jay had as he sought to ride Mavericks. Jamarion’s dream was to play basketball, and he set out to accomplish it.

There were definitely speedbumps along the way. The story details how Jamarion would show up weekly at his local court only to never be picked for a team. During middle school, though, Jamarion tried out for and made the team. His coach notes that Jamarion “was usually the first person in the gym and usually the last one to leave.” Jamarion even made it into a game this season, nailing two 3-pointers (including a buzzer beater) as the crowd erupted in screams. He now has no problem being picked for his local game. The story closes with a line from reporter Steve Hartman that resonated with me: “He [Jamarion] just made the volleyball team and has every intention of playing football next year. Really, the only thing he won’t play is the victim.” Watching this story, I couldn’t help but think of Jamarion as someone who “Chases Mavericks” every day. One of the components of the “We Chase Mavericks” value is to avoid victim thinking. After seeing this story, I had to share it with my co-workers, because it fit so well with our values. We all face challenges in and outside of work. When you approach them like Jay and Jamarion, though, challenges are opportunities for achieving great things. With the right attitude, there’s no challenge too difficult and no wave too big. - Neili Holmes

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