Have you ever done something or worked somewhere and thought, That was a waste of time? We’ve all had a job or experience that we wish we never had. One that felt like it was a total waste of our time. Maybe you worked in fast food, low-end retail, or as a minimum-wage laborer, despite having a high-level degree. Maybe you went to a network marketing recruitment meeting for a knife company, a self-help seminar for ex-felons (despite your clean record), or were forced to take driver’s ed in school even though you were already competing in an amateur racing league. Or maybe it was some scenario that was not so odd, but was something that you considered equally time wasting. I have news for you. That wasn’t a waste of your time, you just didn’t look for the value.
“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.”
― Paulo Coelho
I have had many jobs and experiences in my life. From insurance salesman to transmission mechanic, “smoke shop” manager to lumber handler, web designer to concrete truck driver, each of my experiences has left me with some valuable piece of information that helps me even now. I have learned how many industries work. I have dealt with many types of people, problems, and products. I have had valuable insight into what business practices work, and which ones don’t. And I have gained many valuable experiences that I now share as a part of my services.
Your experiences have provided you a great amount of value too. If you can’t yet see it, take a look backwards and search for the lessons you could have learned. You’ll find, in everything, that there was something to take from it. Tom Monahan, CEO of CEB, shares the valuable lessons he learned working as a carny. Yes, you heard me, a carny.