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 by definition this was my first real job. It was a tough gig; I started my day off attending school and then delivered the evening paper. After completing my route, it was time to do homework.
This lasted about a year and I decided I would try my luck and apply to Tom Thumb Groceries. They were willing to work around my school schedule. The hiring manager, Mr. Myers called me in for an interview. As luck would have it, he was the first to give me one of the many “breaks” I had in life. As he looked over my application, he looked me in the eyes and asked me why do you want this job? I explained that things were tough at home for my mother and I needed a job to help her support our family. He inquired if I was sixteen; the reason for this question was he would have to limit the number of hours he could allow me to work. I responded with a convincing “yes”. As he looked back at my application, he took his pen and scribbled on it. I had inadvertently forgotten to put a birth date on the applicati...
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...eded to know to meet my three-month goal. Once again, perseverance, hard work and good luck paid off.
Fast-forward thirty years with several job and company changes behind me, I now confidently manage employees who have bachelor and master degrees. At this stage in life, I appreciate the difference a degree can make in a career path. I know I missed many opportunities to further my career, but that is a decision I made long ago by not pursuing a higher education and I accept that decision. I have the insight to realize the many opportunities that opened up for me due to hard work, perseverance, and dedication.
Even though I am now closing in on the end of my career, I recognize even more so than ever the importance of an education. I have two adult children that have pursued and achieved college degrees. I want them to be proud that I am attempting to walk the talk.
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