First lesson…I just turned 21 years old, started working at Fridays restaurant as a fry cook…a grill cook..a plate cook. Just so you know, I wore a lot of “cook” hats doing “whatever you had to do” as a cook. It was a dirty job. The hours were “sh..ty”. But, I also had to work night shifts 6p -3a, 5 days a week. I slept for 5-6 hrs then went to college from 8-12. Oh yeah, I was also a door to door vacuum salesman part time, too. It was brutal. The goal was to to get out of my parents house, and I had no financial support.
I also had this minimum wage car wash job I did on days I didn’t work at Fridays restaurant. But at the car wash, I had this cool incentive to sell extra car wash services; wind shield wiper fluid…oil fluid..transmission fluid. I mean any “fluid” or anything I could sell at the car wash I could make commission on, I sold… and guess what? I got top salesperson for selling those services!
I basically had to support myself which including going to college. So, I sucked it up and stuck it out working until I got a place rooming with my high school best friend, Bryon (who is still one of my best friends today).
I’m saying all this because going into survivor mode and working my “a_s” off gave me a lot of life lessons. I had to learn to suck up to grunt jobs and suck up to people as a grunt worker.
My goal was achieved. I finally got my own place! But along the way, I also learned basic politics 101; how to be politically respectful. To this day I’m always respectful of salespeople, and I go to bat for my hard working team. Doing these grunt jobs early on gave me respect for people who grind through the stuff they don’t like as part of the job.
So, 1st tip is learning to stick with a goal in steps. This worked for me on so many levels. If you are flexible and stay open to different management styles and personalities, you never know what other valuable life lessons you may learn along the way. Mike
…just sharing my story and tips from my footwear career.
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