I’m reviewing tons of coaching requests today – trying to catch up and make the appropriate referrals. In the information profiles I saw things like this:
I have been a professional interior designer for 29 years, since I got out of college. ….. There are NO, repeat NO interior design opportunities in Miami, Florida…… Interior design is a luxury. It is the first thing to go in a market like this.
I work as a waiter/bartender with uncertain and varying hours. I make minimum wage plus tips. I grabbed the first job I could get because of the economic conditions in our area. I do this job to keep the lights on and food on the coffee table, nothing more.
So I took a break for lunch. First I stopped at the post office. In leaving I said to the guy behind the counter, “Have a great day.” He replied, “I would but I have to stay here.” My next stop was Home Depot. When I got to the check-out I cheerfully asked the gentleman there, “How’s your day going?” He responded quickly, “It’ll be great in about 4 hours.”
How can any of these people expect to be at their best? To be seen as making a valuable contribution to those organizations? Yet I also see that the guy who took the job to keep the lights on, nothing more, saying: “I want to see my hard work pay off quickly and get me promoted/noticed in weeks or months, not years. I like to see results right away.”
Now I’m going to go jump in my Mercedes for a little spin. I think I’ll even put the top down because I deserve the best it can offer. If it fires right up and gives me a thrilling ride, then I may decide to put a little gas in the tank – but not before. It’s the American way.