I'm pretty new to this whole industry... And by new I mean that the jumble of acronyms and terminology are still enough to leave me a bit dazed when some well meaning individual spurts off several in one sentence.
Home efficiency is not a field I ever could have imagined being involved in. By training, I'm an a ballerina. I've danced since I was three, trained in NYC, graduated from a conservatory... the works. And yet here I am, working as the Event Planner for a home efficiency company. It has been one of life's serendipitous happenings.
Here is the strange thing... the two fields (dance and home efficiency) don't feel all that different. Granted my new office has far fewer tutus and doesn't smell of pointe shoes, but both professions are driven in a way that I think most are not. Both have an abnormal level of dedication.
In the dance world, dancers pour their time and energy into their profession, driven by devotion to the ideal of being living art. The effort is completely worth it, because achieving excellence and beauty is what the dancer values. What I've learned is that people in this field work incredibly hard too, and love it, because it lines up with what they value: doing all they can to preserve and protect the resources we have.
The thing is, dancing is mostly selfish... we work hard to become better artists, for ourselves. Building efficiency is anything but that. The small improvements made in each home matter for each and every person who lives today, tomorrow or 100 years down the road. The day to day tasks may be transient, but the effects quietly benefit our collective existence.
So here is a humbled ballerina, realizing that the arts community may not have the market cornered on having the most passion for their field.
I'd love to hear any advice on how newcomers can gain a deeper understanding about our industry... and memorize all of those acronyms. Cheat sheet anyone?