I admit it, I am a dabbler. Every few months, I am convinced I have discovered the hobby of my life. Like the time that I believed discussing a book a month with like-minded individuals was something I would always do. Or the time I thought crochet was not just for grandmas – I mean, look at all the neat stuff you can make with a hook and some yarn! Or when I felt that eloquent public speaking was something I had to master. The thing about all this dabbling is that you are always looking for people to show you the ropes (or the yarn, as the case may be), to help you get started, to share their experiences, and to learn something.
Which brings me to Target. I like to think of my employer as an enthusiastic enabler of my passion for dabbling. Target has a huge team of very diverse and talented people who are all passionate about, well, something. And they like to get together and talk about that something. They like to form groups, hold discussion forums, meet outside of work, organize events and energize anyone looking to learn their particular something! And Target likes that they like this, and actively encourages them!
Want to go running? There’s a club for that. Like ultimate Frisbee? Or skiing and snowboarding? Or dogs? Or cycling? Or gardening? Or innovating? Or cars? Maybe you are new to the Twin Cities and want to connect with others in a similar situation? Yes, there’s a club for that. It’s not all hobbies, either. Considering adoption? New mom? Or dad? There are groups looking for you! Passionate about advancing the role of women in technology? Yup, got you covered. Maybe you want to foster an inclusive culture at the workplace? Our Business Councils (such as Women’s, African American, Hispanic, LGBTA, and Asian) are a great place to start.
As I was writing this, I realized I have learned a ton from all the Target groups I encountered in my dabbling. They’ve changed me, and amazingly, I have sometimes changed them, though not always intentionally. Like the time I was the cause of the Target Motorcycle Club designating “sweeps” to ride at the back of the group because I decided to abandon my first group ride after struggling to keep up, completely oblivious to the panic I caused when the group discovered they had lost a first time rider! We all learned from that experience (and I got a bigger bike).
So, here’s to dabbling! And to my wonderful, crazy, passionate, fellow enthusiasts of something at Target! And to Target, for actively encouraging us! Which leaves me with the question, what next? Maybe some broomball? Yes, there’s a club for that!
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