Fire & Life Safety Manager, Dexterra Group
"Three years ago, I was a tradesperson with a hammer in one hand and a wrench in the other, far removed from the digital world of computers and spreadsheets. My work was rugged, hands-on, and I never imagined myself dealing with anything more complex than the tools of my trade. But fate had other plans for me, and it all began with a simple introduction to Smartsheet.
I vividly remember the day when my boss handed me a laptop and told me to start using Smartsheet for project management. Anxiety clenched at my chest. I had never used a computer for work, let alone handled something as foreign as Smartsheet. It felt like I was stepping into uncharted territory without a map. The fear of the unknown loomed large, and I couldn't help but doubt my abilities.
However, life has a funny way of surprising you when you least expect it. As I dove headfirst into the world of Smartsheet, I found myself inching out of my comfort zone. Every click, every formula, and every project task marked a small victory over my anxiety. Little did I know that this transformation was just the beginning of an incredible journey.
As I became more proficient in Smartsheet, I started to see the power it held. With each project I managed, I could streamline processes, track progress, and communicate effectively with my team. It was like having a supercharged toolbelt for my work, and it made me realize the potential I never knew I had.
A turning point in my journey came when I met Jorge Pilicita, a seasoned professional who had not only mastered Smartsheet but also understood the struggles of dealing with anxiety. Jorge became my mentor, guiding me not only in the intricacies of the software, but also in managing my anxiety. He shared stories of his own battles and triumphs, assuring me that growth is possible, even in the face of anxiety.
With Jorge's support and Smartsheet as my ally, my career took an unexpected turn. I transitioned from being a tradesperson to managing my own portfolio of projects. Smartsheet helped me keep track of deadlines, budgets, and resources with ease, allowing me to excel in my new role. My projects thrived, and success followed closely behind.
In the span of three years, my once-anxious self had transformed into a confident manager. I could now proudly say that I was the architect of my own success. What started as an intimidating journey into the digital realm had turned into a tale of personal and professional growth.
But the best part of this journey was that it didn't end with me. I continued to grow opportunities not only for myself but also for others in my team. By sharing my knowledge and the power of Smartsheet, I watched as my colleagues too overcame their limitations and reached new heights.
Three years ago, I had never touched a computer for work, and anxiety had a tight grip on me. Today, thanks to Smartsheet and the unwavering support of Jorge Pilicita, I'm not just managing projects; I'm managing my life with newfound confidence. And as I look forward to the future, I know that the only way is up, for me and for those I inspire along the way."
Jorge Pilicita, who has been recognised formally by Smartsheet as a Smartsheet Overachiever, said of Bradey:
"He exemplifies the true power of collaboration. He soars above and beyond with unwavering dedication, extending a helping hand to lift others to success...he's the true champion of teamwork."