Taking the time to work your way up the ladder
The realization that hitting or starting at an all-time low is apart of life, was the hardest thing for me to understand. Being 29 years of age I have done many things, including work jobs I wasn’t so interested in. I saw the work world as I saw college or school, a big place where I had no idea what to do. So what did I do? I tried as many things as possible in school and in the job world. A teacher told me years ago when I was about to graduate High School. “If you don’t know what to do, take a bunch of random courses just make sure they give you credits toward a four year”. This strategy worked almost immediately in my first year in community college. I learned really quick I liked something I had no idea existed. In the work world starting out I did the same thing, sure working any job for most is frowned upon. But I saw it as learning trades, the same as earning credits to a four-year college. In my opinion, that’s what the ’20s are for, genuinely figuring out what you want to do! This in itself for many is an endless process but it doesn’t have to be. Narrowing things down to what best suits you and your skillset, in itself is actually hard work. Remembering as well that finding that right thing means starting from the bottom and willing to build your way up.
As a person who didn’t have much family or financial backing, I did many things in the old school way. The same way I became a Sous Chef. I worked in every part of the restaurant from front to back of the house, by doing so I realized I wanted to be a chef when I started out as a dishwasher. By lowering my standards but keeping my eye on the prize, I never had a problem helping out, staying later, covering shifts, coming in early, etc. The idea here is, to reach a set mark you have to learn the tricks and tools of that trade. I meet people that have worked hard for years at jobs and never got promoted. When I’d come along I would excel above and become the leader, they’d always ask how but failed to meet the mark. Many want higher wages or the best position but have no intentions of true work! By true work, I mean the love for what you do, with the desire to learn about it from many angles. Hard work for me is self-explanatory “HARD”, work should never be hard but it can be challenging and tiresome. Hard work for me comes into play when attempting to do a specific task I lack the expertise in. Things are always a little hard at first when learning. If you’re a master of a craft and see it as hard work, you should probably find something new to do.
More times than non I have found many of these jobs are not for me. This is another great thing about this strategy of figuring out what's for you. You’ll quickly learn what's not for you, knowing when something isn’t right is essential as well. Once you get the feeling, it's up to you after that. Quitting a job or class because you want to avoid the grunt work or the lower levels one must go through, is not the same as knowing a job isn’t the right fit for you! Seeing it through to the different departments and trade secrets is the only way you’ll really know. In my opinion, the only way to know if somethings right for you; you must do it, not try.
The phrase “Try” is okay for beginners and those learning but once your past the first couple steps, “Trying” should be over, and doing should be in full effect. If you still try to accomplish a task but can’t seem to, maybe you should look at what you’re trying to do and assess that! After learning and beginning to do something we love, it shouldn’t take much effort and you should always want to learn everything about it. I always love feedback and training with people on higher levels than myself, they can really give you great insights toward your goals. Knowing that who you are and what you do is always subject to growth, what you believe and do today may not be what you’ll be doing in 20 years. Be willing to put in the work and love doing so, “Hard work” will be a swift and ever-changing adventure in this school called Earth! If you fall down it's okay most of us started down here too! I believe in You!