McJob – Life Lesson: I Can Fly!

McJob – Life Lesson: I Can Fly! 

Long ago, when I was a senior in high school, I was very happy to work at my first real job. I was hired to work in a fast food restaurant. It gave me a sense of independence and pride. My first day at work was very busy, the lobby was full of people, and cars were lined up around the drive thru. My supervisor told me to mop the second floor. So, I added soap and filled the mop bucket with hot water. I wasn’t told about the elevator, therefore, I carried the mop bucket slowly up the stairs. Unfortunately, the bucket tipped over and the hot water flowed down the stairs into the standing room only lobby. I was embarrassed. After cleaning up my mess, I was told to work the “fry station” for the rest of my shift.

I came home and plopped myself on the couch. I was sweaty, greasy, exhausted, and smelled like French fries. When my mom came home, I told her of what had happened and that I wanted to quit. She looked at me and said, “I understand what you went through and I will support your decision. However, before you make you make your decision, I want you to think about this… “If you quit now, then you quit on the rest of your life.”

After reflecting on what she said, I went back to work the next day and I was determined to push myself to learn all the stations (i.e. French fry station, cashier, drive thru, food preparation, etc.), the various shifts (opening, transitioning, and closing), and restaurant operations (training, inventory, and customer service). After six months, I became a crew trainer and stayed with the company for a little over three years. In addition, it was one of the most enjoyable learning and working environment that I experienced.

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” – Unknown

Each time I feel that am having a bad day and I just want to give up, I think about my first day at work, coming home, and talking to mom. Especially, her statement, “If you quit now, then you quit on the rest of your life.” resonates with me to this day. When she first said the statement, I was in shock because I thought she would give me an easy way out and agree that I should quit. Instead, she gave me the choice to quit with something to think about and to be accountable for my choices. In short, I went from the darkness of being the victim and prisoner of my mind to moving towards an awakening and seeing the wonderful possibilities that the world has to offer and the awesome potential I possess.


  • Has there been an event in the past the holds you back from attaining your destiny? Why does it hold you back?
  • Who has a made a difference in motivating you towards your dreams?
  • Who have you inspired to continue moving forward and why?
  • What positive mantra do you say to yourself to last past the 25th hour?
  • What life lesson have you learned that you could pass on to future generations?

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