An Unexpected Motivational Speech
Where: Blue Ash (United States). When: on 17-02-2010.
Written at 17-05-2012 by Anonymous
Before I graduated college I worked at a few different fine dining restaurants. I had been in the restaurant industry since I was 16, this story occurred when I was 21. This was when someone said the most motivating thing I have ever heard from anyone.
At this time, I was a senior in college taking way too many credit hours (because I goofed around too much when I was a freshman and sophomore). I was also in Air Force ROTC at the time, training to be a commissioned officer in the military. My typical day was wake up at 5 or so, go to physical training, go to class all day, come home, change for work, go serve obnoxious people food and pretend to enjoy it, go home, go to bed, and do it all again the next day. I am not trying to make you feel sorry for me, just trying to prove that I was hard worker.
I knew I only had to do this for a couple more months, and then I would be graduated and my life would get a lot less complicated. I held many jobs at many different restaurants, but at this particular restaurant I was a server’s assistant (or bus boy). I had been doing it for quite some time now and I am not afraid to admit that it was a very challenging job at times; and I was pretty darn good.
Often times if customers were nice they would ask a couple questions like, “Are you in school?” or “Where are you from?” You know, just polite conversation. But there was this one guy who was particularly interested in me. He was thrilled with how professional I was and how well I did my job. And he said, “So you’re just a bus boy here?” I responded, “Yes sir, I sure am.” He said, “Have you ever thought about being a server? I bet you would be good, and I bet they make more money?” Yes I have thought about it, idiot. So I said, “Yeah, I’ve thought about it. Maybe in the future here sometime.” That is when he said, “Hey, I think if you work hard, you would make a great server.”I bit my tongue and said, “Well thanks sir. I will consider that.”
So here I am, working two jobs and going to school full time. I am months away from my bachelors degree and a commission in the United States Air Force, and this clown thinks I will make a great server someday. What I really wanted to say was, “Thanks sir, but unlike you, your family, or whoever else you think I might resemble, I am a self motivated individual who doesn’t need encouragement from a schmuck like you, who was just conned into eating a $60 steak. However, I think you genuinely meant to say something nice, so in a couple years, when you work for me I will spare you.”
To make a long story short; not everyone is going to believe in you. Sometimes you are the only one. And that should be enough.