Friday, June 5, 2009

The Best Job in the World, Probably

It's official, I've decided that I have the best job in the world!  Yeah Me!  It's funny because it's not exactly what I have pictured as being the best job.  Afterall, I work at a fast food restaurant. Not exactly my parents hopes for me and my aspiring career, I'm sure.

But while I've always enjoyed what I do, the economic circumstances over the last year has made me appreciate it even more.  Maybe working in a fast food restaurant isn't the American Dream, but owning one is all right.  It used to be that you could measure job security by a company's size. The bigger they were, the more security you had.  Today, as we all know, the old addage is holding true is "the bigger they are, the harder they fall".

More than ever, corporate America is focused on bottom line results, but for many it's a day late and dollar short.  While the suits are playing hard at CYA, they once again are missing the bigger picture.  They seem to disregard the people that work for them, as though they are pawns in a chess game.  Then further corner cutting has lead them to overlook the relational aspect they have with their customers, which may be one of their biggest assets.

While the Board of Directors and Share Holders are making broad sweeping moves in order to protect themselves, they are leaving their employees and customers out in the cold.  Actions today are not rooted in what's right, or integrity based decisions, but on temporary bandaids that simply hide the initial problem and make things, at least for now, appear better.

I'm a small business owner, and although it's not easy, I have kept what is most important to me, my integrity.  I do what I say I'm going to do, I pay my bills, I pay my employees and I respect, appreciate and provide a good product to my customers.  To me that's the American Dream.

Here's my list of why I have the best job in the world:

1:  I have a window office (see picture above)
2:  I get see people during the best part of their day, lunch.
3:  My staff is great - we laugh together, or maybe they are just laughing at me, either way is ok with me.
4:  I get to listen to music all day!
5:  I enjoy my customers, and have met lots of great people
6:  Jimmy John's is delicious!
7:  I get to be creative, and some would say a little crazy
8:  I have lots of fresh victims for my bad jokes  (hey... atleast they make me laugh)
9:  I have great neighbors, who just like me live in the community, and do their part to keep America strong
10:  I get pushed to learn and tackle new things everyday
10:  I don't have to wear panty hose!  (I think that should be at the top of the list!) 

My parents took huge risks to bring our family to America - and I am grateful beyond belief.  I intend to do my part, work hard, and contribute towards the economic recovery.  How?  By doing what's most important to me - following through, meeting my commitments and obligations, and making integrity based decisions.

Capitalism may have it's flaws... but it's still the best thing going!

Thanks Fort Wayne!

Marika

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2 comments:

  1. number 3 and number 8 directly concomitant to one another. hahahaha

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  2. Did you see the advertisement of Jimmy John's on Success Magazine? I wonder who was behind that advertisement? Pretty COOL!

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