I interview a lot of 16 and 17 year olds for their first job opportunities. It's one of the highlights of my day.
The purpose of my portion of the interview process is to determine "fit". Does this person potentially have what it takes to fulfill the expectations of the position? During our discussion, I'll ask questions about anything from teachers to chores to problem solving. And most of the time, the candidate will be ready with an answer. But one question inevitably stops them in their tracks. And here it is:
What are your expectations from the company?
In other words, what do you expect to take away from the experience?
Are we talking chicken? I mean, you want me to show up, learn how to greet, serve, cook, etc. I clock in and out and then receive a paycheck. Job done. It's not my real job or my final destination.
(They don't often put it exactly that way, but a thousand interviews later, that's the general consensus.)
Wrong mindset, wrong answer.
But the more I asked that question and received that blank stare, the more I thought about it in application to life.
You see, no experience should be seen as a dead end. I believe we are given a suitcase, and in that suitcase are lessons that we learn along the way. So, whether you smile and take orders, babysit, mow lawns, or bag groceries, there is always something to learn, something to pack away. And from that suitcase, there should be something to give. But only if you look for it, only if you show up with the expectation to learn and serve.
Oftentimes, our daily roads look similar. We get up at the same time, make the same breakfast, do the same workout, sit at the same desk, visit with the same family, and fall asleep in the same bed.
But the journey, the lessons acquired along the way, the service paid to others, the opportunities to share—in my experience are delightfully unique.
Time is the one commodity we can't get back. Don't waste moments that build up to minutes, hours, days, weeks, and years.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.