What do you see in the image above? Do you see a sign in a dark room? Do you see a door with seemingly no handle and no way to escape the darkness you are trapped in? Or is your focus solely on a sign of hope in a background of darkness? Do you see an opportunity to pass from where you are currently to where you want to be?
Whether you feel trapped in the darkness, or you are eager to escape, how you view your world, the events around you, and especially how you respond, is dependent on your mindset, for your focus determines your outcomes.
In my last post, I wrote about the lessons I learned from my dad. As I stated, the majority of things that I discovered, or at least the things that stuck, were learned by watching not what he said, but rather by watching what he did.
This week, in Part 2, let me tell you some of the things I did and learned over my 33+ year career working in the same company, in the same industry, and in the same office for every single one of those 10,000+ days that made all the difference in the world to me. Every single day. And it doesn’t end there, because I am still benefitting and learning new things today.
Last week, a friend encouraged me, for at least the second time, to write about my experiences and my lessons learned while working my whole life in my family’s business. For those who may not know, I started working alongside my father when I was ten or eleven years old, helping him pack and ship shoes to customers.
As I grew, I worked after school for several years during high school and when home on breaks away from college. I graduated from college on Saturday and Monday morning I was at work where I always knew I wanted to be, working for my mother and father in our wholesale women’s shoe company. I never worked anywhere else for a day in my life for the next 33 and a half years. And never wanted to.