Growing Up

Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.

No experience has affected me more greatly than my first job at Burger King. This job has taught me invaluable lessons that I use in my everyday life. I have learned time management, how to deal with all denominations of people, and the importance of hard work. These experiences will help not only my transformation from young adult to well-rounded man, but also the growth of my actions in daily life.Working at Burger King helped me learn how to work with all different types of people. In the work force you don’t get to choose who you work with, usually. You have to be able to work and cope with everyone from those who are slow to those you do not really admire. You may get stuck with someone who is extremely rude and you have no positive feelings toward them, but regardless you put all of the behind you to get the task at hand done. You may even have to work with people who are good but a bit slow, nevertheless the only thing that matters is that you complete the job that is handed to you. I learned to keep my cool no matter the situation, because you don’t want to let loose your wrath upon someone and be released from your place of employment!Another imperative skill I experienced was that of time management. As a student-athlete my time was already scarce and to throw thirty-hour work weeks on top of that was was a very delicate act. I had to manage school football and my job so I could be successful is all of these areas. I would go to school from 7:00 to 2:25, then have practice after till 4:30 and start work at 5:00. I usually did not get my homework started till about 10:00, but I always managed to finish it. Not only that, but I also managed a GPA of 3.47, was voted by my teammates to be one of three captains on the football team, and never missed a day of work. Budgeting my time is a very important skill I learned through my experience at Burger King and will use for the rest of my life.The last life lesson that I learned was the importance of hard work. It is easy to do a job quickly and not really care about what you are doing. As I learned through my time at Burger King, this is not the way things should be done – you should strive to complete tasks at the highest level possible. Hard work pays off and is a very gratifying. I hated my job at Burger King – it was the worst job that I have ever had – but I still put my head down and worked my way through it. People commented on my good performance and I was well liked by my managers and boss, which made the hard work feel worthwhile. Earning money was also gratifying. It felt so good to feel financially independent and to work toward a goal: enough money to buy my own car. Most kids don’t know what it feels like to work hard for something you really want, and I’m grateful that I do.During my time at Burger King I learned how to deal with different types of people, how to manage my time, and why it’s so important to work hard. These lessons are some of the most important in the world and will help me be successful in all of my undertakings.

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