My passion is and always has been health and fitness, but I also work a day job as a waiter.
Previously, I never waited tables in an official sense, but I did run a restaurant for many years.
After I made the decision to sell the restaurant, I decided to at least temporarily stay “in the business” and take a day-job in a very busy local chain.
I didn’t realize at the time, but this move required that I develop a whole new skill-set.
Having and running my own place, I had anywhere from 10-15 people working for me, now I worked for someone else and in this case a corporation.
The job itself is extremely fast-paced, stressful, and you never know what you will encounter hour to hour, table to table.
In my two years of service, I have seen a ton of turnover.
I have seen enthusiasm turn to drudgery, I have seen people leave mid-shift, I have seen fights, have seen people at their very best and people at their very worst (Sunday’s in the restaurant business or any customer service position is an exercise in humility and patience that absolutely cannot be taught, only acquired through direct experience.)
I have seen people that I never thought would make it adapt and eventually flourish and pretty much everything in between that you can imagine.
There is absolutely no profiling of who will survive and who will not.
You will see a polished individual that wears the uniform well, looks the part and attempts to deliver results, but yet doesn’t for whatever reason acquire or develop the necessary skill-set needed and they ultimately move on.
Concurrently, you will see the individual that everyone “knows” will quit by the weeks end screw up, make mistakes, piss off co-workers, managers, customers, drop hot coffee on patrons and appear to be a mess, somehow take everything in stride, know that tomorrow will be better than today and just keep showing up, and keep learning, and keep improving.
This quality may be unteachable.
This is spirit.
No matter what your background is, you always, always have the choice to look at the good, the positive and the prospect of how you can favorably improve your current situation and the situation of those you encounter.
You can use today as a learning experience, an education and as a stepping stone for greater things.
A bad day is not the end of the world.
Show up tomorrow, show up the next day, and keep showing up.
At some point the magic of momentum will take hold and you will achieve exactly the outcome that you envision.