The other day I was at a restaurant and it seemed like the entire staff was just following the motions. I was once a server, so I was a little surprised. I remember hard days, issues in the kitchen, and crabby customers and yet I still put my little spin on the job. I tried my best to be positive (hey while at work, work) and even signed my “bills” with a little cartoon moon saying Goodnight and Thank You. Even in the most structured, menial, or meaningful job you can still be you! Let’s take a look at why this can help you with success.
People Like Authenticity
Is it just me or do “fake acting people” scare you a little? You know, the kind that make you not know where you stand? Or better yet, the ones who are super nice to you in person but don’t have your back while you’re not around? By being genuine you may open yourself up to a little more risk but in the long run, you will never lose yourself. You are your own advocate, motivator, and caretaker. Give yourself the right to be you and those jobs will be easier.
Your Interests and Thought Process Will Attract the Right Role Models
Trust me on this one. No one is an angel but you do want people with the same type of character or similar thought process to be your guide. Not the opposite. One thing that I am extremely blessed with is some extremely important mentors both past and present that helped me along the way. I’m talking folks that gave me great business advice, personal advice and life advice. You need this, especially when you are starting a career.
Your Work Will Be Noticed and More Meaningful
Doing a good job should be expected, sorry but it should. Doing a great job is excellent. Doing an awesome job while accompanying it with a great attitude and your own touch no matter how small will set you apart. Trust me, in today’s competitive world, there are “deal breakers” and standing out in a good way is more meaningful to those who believe in people and want to progress. Was I a little afraid to introduce Buddy the Bull in a technical environment with strong competition? You bet I was. Is there a reason I do small things most people may not notice, like using my middle name on my business card? Absolutely, because I believe in myself even when I have hard days and I believe in others who are not afraid to stand out, show up, or introduce something new.