Let it go, let it go
I was once transferred to the Middle East to open a new office in the region. I’d lived and worked in a few different countries before that so I was no stranger to having to adapt to new cultures, but the ways of doing business are very different there.
In the beginning, I was frustrated that I couldn’t get basic things done in the same way I’d been able to everywhere else. I couldn’t be as efficient or prepared, and following logic or my experience of common sense didn’t apply.
I had to let go of every assumption and expectation I had and just surrender. It gave me the freedom to be innovative in a different way, and taught me the value of patience and to always consider different perspectives.
It changed the way I approached my work even after I returned to Australia.