Pressure is a Privilege

In 1973, Billie Jean King, a female tennis player, matched off against Bobby Riggs in one of the most watched tennis matches to date. Her victory witnessed by thousands and hundreds of thousands – showed and proved to the world that females were undervalued in the sports industry. In her life advice book, Pressure is a Privilege, she expands on this mantra in 3 main areas of life:

  • Having a great job is a privilege, but comes with pressures of performance
  • Being a parent is a privilege, but comes with pressure of making sure you are doing right for your child and sacrificing liberties of your freedom
  • Being a good friend/companion is a privilege but comes with some work to maintain these relationships

In some of the blogs written previously by Anthem President, Chris Sinclair, he expands his thoughts on the pressure and privilege relationship in his work life at Anthem saying, “sometimes we have no other choice but to keep going”. Being able to work under pressure is an opportunity, you get to know those around you more than you would in any normal situation.

What is my privilege today at Anthem?

It is 5 a.m. on a Thursday morning and I am sitting on my deck outside listening to the birds and woods wake up, there is a river less than a football field away from me; right on the other side of that river I can see the White Mountains. I left my house for the next 3 days and got away from the normal hustle and bustle of the “main” world to seek some peace and solitude for my own mind, to really sit and think about what I am going to do next in life, even doing this, I did not have to take time off work, I did not have to plan weeks in advance, I take my work with me wherever I go. I still have the everyday pressure of work, to preform and to be available – but choosing my work environment is a privilege.

Working for Anthem, working with Anthem, learning its culture and its people has always been a place that I could join and create my own “home” in whatever I was doing, wherever work takes us. Even when I first started at Anthem, I didn’t know ANYTHING about ANYTHING. My first job at Anthem was nothing more than a cashier for a large concert, the first words Chris ever said to me were “just stand there, be friendly, take their payment and hand them a receipt, keep the lines moving to get people back to the concert they want to experience.” Shortly after, I was offered a job as a cashier part-time for that summer, which is when there really was a lot of pressure (so I thought). But the more I learned, the more I grew, next thing I knew I was managing Anthem Hospitality. This is an example of how there was pressure, but it was a privilege, using that pressure to my advantage I was able to jet set into a new career.

Anthem’s culture and workload itself always has a sense of urgency and planning and execution of goals, long term and short term. The team is constantly thinking, curating, creating, and collaborating each day. But the privilege for its internal team and supporters is watching the company grow and strive each day and through each challenge, especially these few past years.

Chris and Ashley take their people, find their strengths, mold them, teach them and put a LOT of time and effort into them, watch them grow like little ducklings and soon they are off on their own, gliding through each day and challenges that once they could not face, like it is nothing. But together, they had to grow Anthem to what it is today to get here.

By Amanda Danielle
The Anthem Group