This is the first time I have ever worked for a salary in my entire life and even though the job sucks, I love going to work everyday because of my amazing new boss. He is one of the kindest and goodhearted people you are likely to come across in your life.
He is a simple, down to earth person. Even though he is an introvert himself, he tries his best to make sure that new employees like me are comfortable with the work environment. Even though his supervisor gives him foolish orders, he carries them out (after making a few sarcastic and hilarious comments about it). He is truly amazing.
At the age of 57, he is really experienced, loves what he does and is still looking for new challenges. One of his latest challenges being: hiring a completely new, untrained crew and running the restaurant like nothing has changed. I totally respect his guts and his attitude.
I feel there is something you can learn from every human being on this world and especially if that person is old and is quite a good human being, there are so many things you can learn about life itself which is a result of their experience, and isn’t knowledge anything but documented experience? Here’s what I have learned from him by working just ONE day under him:
You have to find what you love to do and do that for the rest of your life.
So this is one of the first things he told me. It’s a bit cliche, but it is so true. Your productivity is so much more if you do something you love also the mental stress of work is almost zero in such cases.
He also told me how he got into the food service business. Turns out when he started out working, his first job was at the age of 15 in a restaurant and his father made fun of him for doing a ‘women’s job’. Of course, he meant it in a jovial sense and didn’t mean anything bad about his late father, which showed how much he loved his old man.
He didn’t have the money to go to college and take up culinary arts, so he continued as a waiter in a restaurant.
He tells me that he really wanted to be a great chef and work in one of the best restaurants in the country and that his financial state prevented him from doing so. He doesn’t blame anyone for him not having the finances to go to college and become a chef. Despite all that, he is happy with how his life turned out and that he is still working in an industry he loves. I don’t know what a successful life/job really is like, but waking up with a smile every morning and coming and doing what you love sounds like success to me.
Respect begets respect
He tells me that all his life he has been trying to respect people as much as possible and that he follows respect begets respect. He doesn’t kiss his boss’ ass to get something done. He is really honest about everything, makes sure you aren’t hurt by what he says (as in criticism of your work and how you can improve) and that even if you are apologizes if he says anything out of line. Even though he never went to college, he realizes how important education is and he was more than kind enough to adjust my schedule so that I can prepare for my exams as well as working for my shift at the restaurant.
Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for a more considerate, inspiring and amazing boss for my first job. Looking forward to going for work again tomorrow, all thanks to my dear boss, Dave.