Your attitude is worth more than your talent, I learned that the hard way. During my late teens I struggled to take orders from others, this was primarily due to my brother having his own business. He had a car wash and I would work there during the weekend plus the school holidays. When he was not around, I was boss. Managing 7 staff at the young age of 19 only ignited my ego.
When I was 21, my brother sold the car wash and that meant I had to work like an ordinary citizen. Let’s just say the first two retail jobs did not go well, but to be fair, they were temporary roles during the sale period. Then came Harrods, the brand that changed my life. When I first walked into the store, it was like a fairytale, working there however was even better. I was given the chance to work temporarily during the sale period, with great affection towards my brother, my manager I think only hired me as my elder had worked there 2 years prior. I learned so much from Harrods, but if I had to sum up all my experience into one word, I would choose “Etiquette” as I had to smile, talk, act according to the Harrods protocol.
The second time I worked during the sale period once again, and the the third time I was chosen out of maybe 100 people and kept on as weekend staff. During that time, I had enrolled for my masters and Harrods proved to be the backbone in allowing me to pay my tuition fees whilst studying. That particular year was my most challenging, but I came out with flying colours. I truly accomplished everything that I had always wanted, and that’s to make my mum and dad proud. But of course, challenges never end, so then came the all but critical job search adventure.
I am now happily working in marketing/design but it was all done through avoiding one thing, that’s ego. People, stay far away from your ego, and ego is not just boasting or showing off, it’s far more dangerous. Be humble, be polite, and work hard, plus search the word Etiquette if you need to know what made me the man I am today.