31: Focus on Solving Problems that Interest You to Find Joy in your Tech Career (Elan Greenberg – Senior Manager, DoorDash)


Are you struggling to find a role with responsibilities where you feel you’ll really be able to experience enjoyment through employment? Perhaps you’re not sure about what your passions are, or what your purpose is.

One thing that differentiates Empjoyees who are experience enjoyment through employment is a deep connection to the problem that they are solving through work.

Learn from Elan Greenberg, our featured Empjoyee as he shares how he has been able to frame his empjoyment experience around the lens of a challenge that inspires him.


Listen to this episode to hear Elan share:

  • His lessons learned from his transitions from the Marines to Investment Banking to Senior Manager at DoorDash, a fast-growing technology company focused in on-demand delivery
  • The methodical approach he used to structure his job search and systematically identify the companies and people he wanted to solve interesting problems with
  • What empjoyment means to him and how identifying that has kept him engaged in his work

TL;DL (Too long; Didn’t Listen): 3 Actionable Takeaways

  • Adapt to your new environment faster by accessing what actions you should keep, leave, or add from your previous work experience to your new company culture (Elan recommends participating in Affinity Groups and Employee Resource Groups to help make that transition)
  • Regardless of your role, title, and past experience, seek to add value through servantile leadership and providing disproportionate value to the people and customers you serve
  • Identify and validate your constraints for your next role search with people currently working in tech and ask deep questions to get a sense of their empjoyment and the types of problems you’d be solving

But wait there’s more! Share your #1 takeaway with today’s featured Empjoyee and other Empjoyees in the Empjoyment community!

From Insight to Action

Elan broke down his framework for identifying the best opportunities for him to find empjoyment in his career.

#Joyney31: What is one deep question that you have asked/will ask someone to during a coffee chat to get a better understanding of the role, company, and problems you can solve? Share it with us in the Empjoyment Community!


Additional Resources to Accelerate your Growth

Getting to Know Today’s Featured Empjoyee: Elan Greenberg!

Elan Greenberg attended Cornell University on an NROTC scholarship and began his career as a Logistics Officer in the U.S. Marines.

After 5 years on active duty, and after earning an MBA from NYU, he worked at Morgan Stanley as an Investment Banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group.

Elan is now a Senior Manager with venture-backed DoorDash where he is responsible for business operations and logistics across the greater New York market. He remains a drilling reservist in the Marine Corps Reserve.

Elan guiding motto comes in the form of a stanza of a poem. The poem is captured below.


Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
      But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
      Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
      On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
      That couldn’t be done, and he did it!
Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
      At least no one ever has done it;”
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat
      And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
      Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
      That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
      There are thousands to prophesy failure,
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
      The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
      Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
      That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.

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