Monday, July 30, 2018

Who is the best first boss a teenager could have? Someone who loves their job

Chris Pugh - Ukiah Daily Journal
I met the manager of the Ukiah Costco recently as his employees were running around getting the store ready for its grand opening. When one of those employees stopped briefly to tell me this was her first job, the manager thrust out his hand to give her a high-five.
"Costco was my first job, too!" 

That was cool.

I can't think of a better first boss for a teenager than someone who loves their job and is proud of the work they do.
First and foremost, the teen learns that a job is something to be respected and done to the best of your abilities.

Second, they learn that taking pride in your work makes any job more pleasant and productive for those around you. Even if you don't enjoy what you do, a co-worker who does their best with every task can inspire you to do the same. 
But perhaps the most important lesson a boss who loves their job can teach teenagers is that such a feeling is even possible. And hopefully they will be inspired to find one they can love, yet while still appreciating every job they get during their search.
Because acting like a entry-level position is beneath you does not convince employers you are destined for bigger and better things. Quite the opposite.  
Performing well at the job you have doesn't mean you've resigned yourself to it forever. But it does mean you are far more likely to land the job you really want.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

I got an e-mail from Barack Obama after the 2016 election. I read it a lot these days.

After the last presidential election I wrote to Barack Obama, hoping he might have some insights that would help me in the years to come. He wrote me back.

That was cool.

And yes, I know these words have likely been sent to million of people, but they help me every time I read them. And I've been reading them a lot these days!

Here is his response:

Dear Justine:
Thank you for sharing your story.  I understand the feelings of uncertainty many Americans have had lately.  But one thing I am certain of is that America remains the greatest nation on earth.  What sets us apart is not simply our economic and military power, but also the principles upon which our Union was founded:  pluralism and openness, the rule of law, civil liberties, and the self‑evident truth—expanded with each generation—that we are all created equal.
One election does not change who we are as a people.  The America I know is clear‑eyed and big‑hearted—full of courage and ingenuity.  Although politics can significantly affect our lives, our success has always been rooted in the willingness of our people to look out for one another and help each other through tough times.  More than my Presidency, or any Presidency, it is the optimism and hard work of people like you that have changed our country for the better and that will continue to give us the strength we need to persevere.
Progress doesn’t come easily, and it hasn’t always followed a straight line, but I firmly believe that history ultimately moves in the direction of justice, prosperity, freedom, and inclusion—not because it is inevitable, but because people like you speak out and hold our country accountable to our highest ideals.  That’s why I hope you continue to stay engaged.  And I want you to know Michelle and I will be right there with you.
Again, thank you for writing.  Whatever challenges we may face, there is no greater form of patriotism than the belief that America is not yet finished and a brighter future lies ahead.
Barack Obama