Every Experience Matters. I’ve spent time doing the most basic jobs – you have to start somewhere. I’ve learned that every experience matters and teaches a valuable lesson:
- As a dish-washer and file-sorter I learned every detail matters and every job – no matter how boring – is important.
- As a cold-caller and sales manager I learned self-confidence, which matters much more than the item being sold.
- As a director and a supervisor I learned the value of vision-casting and empowering others to stay accountable while achieving goals.
Many times in life, the value isn’t apparent until you’ve moved on to something else. Think about what you’ve done and what you’ve learned; you’ll be surprised at how far you’ve come.
Always Do Your Best. Sure it’s easy to skimp on the work you think is beneath you. And then suddenly you realize that skimping has become your standard. Always do your best with the small things, because then you can be trusted with the big things. Everything matters and should always be done the right way the first time.
Teach & Empower Others. In the last year, I’ve been too busy. I’ve always had a passion for teaching, empowering others and this passion was tested regularly. I was impressed with my employees. They got things done. And they did them well. Turns out my strategy worked – they’d been listening to my standards, they believed in our goals and they understood that their work mattered. When you spend time developing people; you realize this is what really matters.
It seems like the real-world application value of your experiences comes to light when you’re speaking to others about what you’ve accomplished – be ready. Think about what you’ve learned now, so when the time comes, you’re ready to make the most of your current experience.