I can’t help but identify with an article I read recently, “My First Job: The Essential Lessons of my Summers“, by Jon Steinberg . I, too, had many jobs as a teen that helped form who I am today and taught me skills and values that have helped me succeed. From delivering papers to cross-pollinating corn plants, doing odd jobs on a farm to working as the file clerk at a local business, each taught me many lessons and skills that stay with me today. Three tips for success that stand out in my mind are:
1. Respect – always be on time, and treat people as you would like to be treated
2. Work Hard and Smart – give your job 100%, make the effort to exceed expectations
3. Positive Attitude – pride in your work is infectious; your superiors will notice!
What was a valuable lesson you learned at your first job? Tell me about it firstname.lastname@example.org