Tradition of “Lowered Expectations”

Getting your first job our of high school or college is easy. Hell, getting your first 5 jobs is easy.

Waiting tables or changing tires doesn’t require letters behind your name. They don’t require experience. They don’t require wisdom.

But it is much harder to land the job as manager of that restaurant chain, or the VP of Logistics for Goodyear Tire.

Those who are expecting their first job to be the latter, are often in for a long wait. So long, that they usually take a lower-value job while they are waiting.

They build life experience there. Their capacity to learn and interact with others shows as they move up through promotions or employer changes. Then in 3 years or maybe 5, that golden opportunity appears again. I could bet that it was there when they first began their search, but they weren’t ready. Now, they are ready.

Our first steps towards changing everything, or just any ole thing, are like that.

Not too much at once. If we could change it all “just like that”, we wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves.

There are thousands of years of tradition in serving others by waiting tables. There is art to changing wooden wheels on wagons, and the solar heat-tiles on the space shuttle.

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