Life: My Grandfather's Influence In My Life

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Growing up, my grandfather had a large influence in my life for the longest time. Later in life, my stepfather filled his shoes. Both instilled hard working ethics in me. They taught me to be on time, work hard, and do what it takes to get the job done. They said a good boss would recognize my potential and build on that by giving me opportunities to prove myself and promote my career. This has proven true throughout my life. Before my mother remarried, times were difficult she was raising three children without financial support from my father. When I realized what a challenge she was facing, I did my best to help by taking small jobs. About the time, I turned thirteen I started delivering newspapers for the Dallas Times Herald. I guess…show more content…
I got my General Education Diploma and signed up to become a United States Marine. I had dropped out of school and was not making good decisions in my life. I was heading in the wrong direction and knew I need a boot in the butt. The Marine Corps set me on a course that led ultimately led me to a career in aviation industry. I learned self-respect, self-discipline, and respect for others. I can honestly say that this was the most important four years of my life. I had the opportunity to travel around the world and experience other cultures. This proved to be a life changing experience for a young punk from Dallas,…show more content…
I had been working with them for approximately five years when our immediate supervisor simply walked out the door on a Friday and never returned. When the crew gathered on Monday morning, there was no one in charge to hand out work assignments. Without our supervisor, we were just loitering around and talking. The jarhead in me took over, I started assigning jobs and making certain everyone was working. This did not set well with one of my coworkers who questioned who put me in charge. I looked at him and said I did! I continued be “in charge” the remainder of the week. Later that week the department manager informed me he was going to recommend me for the vacant supervisor position. He stated he selected me because I was the only one that stepped up and took charge. Unfortunately, I never got the opportunity to show them my leadership skills. However, I did experience workplace politics when the position went to chief pilot’s son. Feeling somewhat betrayed by this obvious favoritism I decided to resign. The department manager sensed my disappointment and recommended me for a position in the Manufacturing Engineering Department. A bachelor degree was required for this position and I only had a GED. He at least guaranteed that I would have an opportunity to interview for the job and sell myself. The
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