SOL March Challenge #25
Between the ages of 16-25 I worked 8 different jobs. Some were good. Some were OK. Some were very bad. Only 3 of them lasted longer than 5 years. Looking back on those 10 years I learned many lessons, with one common thread that, once learned, served me well from that point forward.
I had a boss who told me I needed to smile more. So, as I filled the salad bar I smiled nice and big! This seemed like a pretty simple lesson. Smile. More.
I had a boss who was imprisoned while I worked for his company. I’m not sure what he did, but I remember having to find his house, somewhere on the south side, to get paid….before he went to jail and the record store closed for good. I was relieved and smiling as I walked down his driveway safe and sound and with my final pay check!
I was gently “let go” from a Greek restaurant where it became quickly apparent that I couldn’t balance soup, salad, drinks, and appetizers all before the main course. I smiled gratefully as my boss put me and my customers out of our misery!
I was Christmas help at 2 of my 8 jobs. I learned how to hustle and deal with crabby holiday shoppers. I also learned that I did not want a future career in retail. I smiled calmly as they cried and yelled at me because we didn’t have the right size, color, or style that they just had to have for the perfect gift that they had just begun to shop for on Christmas Eve!
I found my niche at a pizza joint for 6 years. I worked for a local family whose business became my home away from home. I was back to waitressing, but here I was able to handle the pizza and beer. No problem! I made enough money to pay my bills and also made some lasting friends along the way. I smiled happily as I worked my way through college and eventually had a festive send-off to my very first job in my chosen career. I kept smiling and never looked back!
Valuable lesson learned. Thanks, Boss!! 🙂