-The mindset of Google
It was a brisk Monday morning when we got the bus to Dublin. The early morning fatigue already affected us, however the hot air blowing out of the air con certainly added to our exhaustion.
Less than half way into the bus journey we started sweating from the heat and we remain certain that the swarm of us made life arduous for anyone sitting in the back two rows as we continued to melt into hysterics. However, upon arriving at Dublin Airport we changed buses as the air conditioning had malfunctioned, and everyone cherished the calm that was a side effect of the newly cool air.
The adventure truly began in Starbucks a few minutes away from Google, as we walked in through the doors of the deserted shop, we knew that this coffee trip was going to become our energy source for most of the day. As we neared the Google headquarters our anticipation heightened to a peak. With every step, we advanced towards the doors of a new world, doors that by all appearances, were rather normal in comparison to the colourful stories we had heard about the headquarters. That was when we realised our idiocy: we were walking to the wrong building, and that Google itself was across the street. :')
Our day at Google started with a presentation from a fellow 'Googler,' as the employees referred to themselves; albeit in an admittedly corny fashion.
After our introduction, the trip moved on to a career panel of Googlers informing our inquisitive selves how they ended up being so lucky as to be hired by Google.
The day swiftly moved on as the figureheads leading our tour allowed us to experience Virtual Reality à la cardboard. It was fascinating to witness a variety of different places around the world through our 360 degree cardboard glasses. We were thrown underwater, spectating the Great Barrier Reef, The Great Wall of China at sunset and even space, miles away from the Satellites orbiting earth.
To any onlooker not wearing these contraptions we probably looked like a cluster comprised of nothing short of idiots, as they watched us turning our heads and exclaiming in awe for what looked like nothing.
The finale of our trip was the tour of the building. Yet again we became enthralled. Walking through 6 floors with different themes illustrated to us how ebullient it must be to work in such a bohemian place. We dare not forget to mention that Google have a swing set on the roof. As a group we spent the next 10 to 15 minutes letting ourselves loose and swinging like monkeys, reminiscing those glorious moments in our childhood were we could fly and prove every adult who dared to question our abilities wrong, which in itself is poetic since that is what Google believe at their very core- proving people wrong by failing and learning from it.
Our experience visiting Google was life-changing and inspired us to enhance our creative abilities and never forget that failure is merely a stepping stone to success.