In order to be successful in this life and never work a day in our lives, we must find what we’re passionate and pursue it. We’ve heard this and we know it. So we have. We’ve tapped into the activities and hobbies that make us smile and laugh. We found the things that we could do endlessly without ever looking at the clock and we’ve even manage to find company that supports our exploration and business ventures. But when we follow our passions, are we suppose negate every experience, every job we ever held? What about those valuable lessons and skills we picked up along the way? Should we forget about the things we’ve learned when we follow passions?
I worked at Subway for a couple of months during the year I took off from college. It was actually a second job I took on to help supplemental by tuition going back to school. This was the only fast food job I ever held and believe you me, that was alright by me. And don’t kid yourself, Subway may tell you to ‘eat fresh’ but it’s still fast food.
- Watch those that have been doing the job longer and pick up on the tricks they’ve learned to make the job easier to perform. It takes everyone some time to get the hang of any new skill and after awhile, you develop a knack for doing tasks so that they don’t become overwhelming. The take-away — no matter which business you decide to pursue and no matter what passion drives it, someone out there has done it before. Find them, study them, mimic them if you have to. If they’ve been in the game longer than, they also a system in place that you can follow until you get the hang of things.
I worked there my all of my junior year and part of senior year in college. I worked in Men’s Fragrance. Just a little FYI, men rarely buy men’s fragrances. Only during the holidays did we see a substantial amount of foot traffic and it was mostly from women buying for their significant others. So most of the times, our counter was dead quiet and had next to no business.
- Create business. While cleaning out our own tester inventory closet, I had an idea about offering tester fragrances we no longer carried to those customers that applied for our store credit card. Needless to say, within two weeks time, it was a smash. Customers heard about the promotion and would stop in just to apply for a credit card for a free fragrance. While they were waiting for the approval, they would look around to see what else we sold. Traffic increased and so did business. The take-away — business is not going to come to you unless you take action. It doesn’t have to be grand or over the top, it just has to be something people are going to be interested in. Grab their interest them and you’ll get them coming to you.
This is one of those jobs I hated. The hours were long and no one could ever tell you how long the job was going to be. Breaks were short and sometimes forgotten. The company is surprisingly still around despite the many class action suits they’ve had regarding employee breaks and proper compensation. I worked this job while in school too. It consisted of going to various retail stores and counting their inventory for them. And because these businesses ran during normal business hours, the job always started in the evening, like after 8pm. Night owls need apply. But in 5 months time I was promoted to a Team Leader position with my own team of 8 people.
- Jobs come and go, so make your peace with that. Do the job as best as you can and be willing to help others along the way especially when it benefits the whole. I was promoted not because I was the fastest counter. I was promoted because I was always looking to get the job and get it done right the first time. If that meant jumping on board someone else’s section and helping them get it done so we could all leave, so be it. The take-away – Teamwork is the best avenues towards success. People feel more confident in completing a job when they’re not doing it alone and/or they have someone who is willing to help. Get in the trenches and help when you can.
I’d like to think I’ve been structuring Intel Boutique from a wonderful perfectly laid out dream. But it truth, it’s summation of all my experiences. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a passion of mine to help people get the information they need to live out their passion, but it wasn’t something I fell into overnight (I wish!). I’ve made sure to put every experience to use. Everything I’ve done, every job I’ve held and every experience I’ve had, I make it matter.
- Passion (dhavie96.wordpress.com)
- The flashback into self esteem and future goals (credendovives.wordpress.com)
- Short term gains: The truth about temping (reed.co.uk)
- 10 Things You Can Do If You’re Unemployed (execu-search.com)