“Are you on drugs?”
On the first day of my first job, working the cash register at a pizza restaurant, I was told this by a frustrated customer.
Not the boost of confidence I was looking for as a 15 year old starting my first legitimate job. (Umpiring and a failed lemonade stand doesn’t count.)
I was slow. They were frustrated so they emoted.
I eventually got over it, as everyone in the service industry learns to do.
Many people are unreasonable. Many people are quick-tempered. Many people are wrong.
A key to happiness and eventual success is taking nothing personally.
After spending 8-10 years working in the service industry as a side job, I no longer take many things personally.
Someone in the comments on a recent post said the title I chose for the book I spent two years working on was the stupidest title ever.
I don’t care.
In high school I interviewed at Best Buy for menial jobs 5 times without getting hired.
I didn’t care.
After graduating college, I didn’t hear back from a dozen ad agencies I wanted to work for at that time.
I didn’t care.
It’s not that I don’t care about being successful. I do. But if something doesn’t work out, the only option is to keep moving forward.
If you can’t keep moving you become stuck in your emotions. There is nothing productive about dwelling on past failures.
You learn from them and move on.
You can hate this post if you want. I won’t take it personally.
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