Comments on: How to NOT be “Just a…” http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/05/how-to-not-be-just-a/ Geek Culture & Tech Expert: How Can I Help You Today? Wed, 25 Nov 2015 01:28:28 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 By: Elliot Soloway http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/05/how-to-not-be-just-a/#comment-93858 Mon, 22 Dec 2008 13:51:12 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/05/how-to-not-be-just-a/#comment-93858 Lots of folks have made excellent comments on the theme of your post, Lamarr. But, let me comment on how you handled the situation — you actually said something! Most folks, I think, would not have confronted the secretary; most folks would have let it slide. But no, Lamarr, you didn’t let it slide. That took courage. I am sure that at the instant you said what you did, the secretary felt bad – and maybe felt bad for a while. For her to see the “error in her ways” also takes courage. Indeed, it took courage to make your post! Courage to speak up, courage to change, courage to be a team player — those are the attributes that we will all need to get through these harsh times. Thank you, Lamarr, for your story.

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By: Renee Wilson http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/05/how-to-not-be-just-a/#comment-93856 Fri, 19 Dec 2008 20:49:29 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/05/how-to-not-be-just-a/#comment-93856 I AGREE WITH LAMARR. IF PEOPLE CONTINUE TO LOOK AT THEIR ACHIEVMENTS AS “jUST” THEN THEY ARE LIMITING THEMSELVES TO “jUST”
THIS PUTS A WHOLE NEW SKIN ON A WORLD OF ME-ISM.
PEOLE CAN GO ON EACH DAY BEING PROUD OF THE TITLE THEY HOLD. THEY SLEEP, EAT AND WALK THAT FINE LINE THINKING IT WILL NOT BREAK. HAS ANY THOUGHT BEEN GIVEN TO THIS?
WHAT IF THE LINE OF :JUST A” BREAKS? WHAT IF THE CLASSIFICATION YOU’RE IN CEASES TO EXISTS?
WOULD THAT ALSO INCLUDE THE THOUGHT THAT YOU WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO LIVE UP TOO THE ME-ISM SOCIETY YOU’VE CREATED?
ITS EASIER TO SAY, IF ASKED WHAT YOU DO FOR A LIVING, SOMETHING LIKE..I WORK AS A BLAH, BLAH THEN CHANGE THE SUBJECT SO AS NOT TO GIVE THE IMPRESSION YOU ARE DOWNPLAYING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE WORK YOU DO.

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By: Sergeant Major Pamela A. Neal http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/05/how-to-not-be-just-a/#comment-93855 Wed, 17 Dec 2008 20:06:30 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/05/how-to-not-be-just-a/#comment-93855 Lamarr is thorough and insightful as he expressed the need to display confidence and pride in all that you do. A Soldier, as I am, is not “just a Soldier.” since the lives of thousands of innocent individuals are placed in our hands everyday. A Professor of Education is not “just a Professor” since educational competency is in the hands of these scholars. A Gymnast is not “just a gymnast” since as the Olympics show, a fall off of an apparatus ends all of the hard work put forth for four years. I am sure that I could go on reciting analogies on this topic, however, Lamarr said it all. I agree. Well said!

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By: Michele Harris http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/05/how-to-not-be-just-a/#comment-93854 Tue, 09 Dec 2008 17:41:44 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/05/how-to-not-be-just-a/#comment-93854 That was a really good article that really makes you think. I think that people feel that way when they are not looking to move up in their worlplace or have been looked over when applying for a higher position or simply if they just hate their job. But people should feel pride in the work that they do and the career that they have because everyone plays an important role in their company whether it is recoginized or not. Great way to keep positive!

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By: jwire4 http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/05/how-to-not-be-just-a/#comment-93853 Mon, 08 Dec 2008 02:55:56 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/05/how-to-not-be-just-a/#comment-93853 Nice post Lamarr. Really makes you think… 🙂

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By: Montrel "Draz Woodhouse http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/05/how-to-not-be-just-a/#comment-93852 Sun, 07 Dec 2008 19:08:36 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/05/how-to-not-be-just-a/#comment-93852 Cousin… You didn’t tell me you taking them to church and I forgot my suit!!! This article is so necessary, much respect for this. Its sad how society praticlly has enstilled in people if you do not have a certain occupation, make an income they standardize as acceptable, and so on that it is not worth mentioning. With me being in generation of transitioning from young adults to adults I hear this all the time. “Just a student”, “just a mom”, “just a CNA”. The absurd part is how people in the illegal part of life glorify proudly what they do. Gangsters, drug dealers, thieves have NO problems with their role in life. Why is it that we as hard working people who are not looking for a quick fix and a scheme to capitalize on? I love the emphasis of “the” because yes there are many people in the same line of work or holding the same lifestyle you do but when you are talking with someone or having a business-related conversation you are getting the point of across saying “I’m the only one you should be concerned about”. You are not just a college student because the statistic or college drop outs and of those who never go to college are too high. You are not just a CNA, you are a person who has to undergo training or certification to care for those who cannot care for themselves, who aide someone else in living their lives. You are not just a mom, you are a woman who had a choice to bear or terminate a life. You made the choice and you have dedicated your time to ensure the choice you made is not in vain. The family we have has been based on striving for the sky so if you are going to use “just a” have your resume up and go for everything you want in life, at least for self fulfillment. This is coming from someone who is just a senior in college, staff writer for two newspapers, one half of a movie review team, aspiring hip hop artist and song writer, an active godfather of three, and most importantly a role model to my community and my little brother. Good job cousin!

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By: Cheryl L Woodhouse http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/05/how-to-not-be-just-a/#comment-93851 Sat, 06 Dec 2008 23:05:12 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/05/how-to-not-be-just-a/#comment-93851 What an outstanding comment to discuss. Being a retired military Soldier of 26 years, I have heard this phrase over and over, “I’m Just A”. As Soldiers, we are groomed to always give 110% and not accept any thing less.
If I could not help another Soldier achieve a task, and I responded to them with, “I’m just a First Sergeant”, what would they think of me? It definitely would not be good.
If my Soldier said, “I’m just a Private”, that would appear acceptable to some people, but not to many, because in the past, you expect Privates to screw up, and when NCOs screw up, we call them PRIVATES. In today’s world, this phrase is no longer acceptable to anyone. In life, you MUST be the best of what you are, who you are, and what you KNOW you can accomplish. If it feels over-whelming, turn to the experts to give you a push because no one can make it on their own. If we “The People” do not look out, help out, and give the knowledge and wisdom to those that need to carry on our torch, then those words “I’m Just A”, will be etched in stone globally. How many times have you entered a department store or grocery store to return an item or to complain about that person who tells you “I’m just a clerk, I’m just the runner, I’m just the messenger, and they don’t want to assist you or help you finalize your issue. You ask for the store manager and explain your problem. He provides the solution and you are happy, but then you are also pissed off at the person who would not take that extra mile to do the same thing that he had done. Could they have not said, “Let me get the store manager for you and we will take care of this problem”, YES, they could have, and you would have looked at them and said, “That is a great clerk, runner, or messenger. You leave the store looking for that comment box so you can leave a negative or postive comment. When that person’s supervisor reads your comment, that will make all the difference in the world and they will remember to do that for each and every customer. Being a “I’m Just A” is not a bad thing if you handle yourself, your priorities, customers and clients with dignity and respect, and of course with quality customer service then you will be the best “I’m Just A”.

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By: Jewel Pogue-Wilson http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/05/how-to-not-be-just-a/#comment-93850 Sat, 06 Dec 2008 22:30:15 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/05/how-to-not-be-just-a/#comment-93850 After reading the statement writen by Lamarr Wilson, it made me realize that there are just too many “I am just A” in the world, and I know quite a few of them.

I raised my children to believe in themselves, to be positive about their desires and never say, ” I cannot do this”.
There will always be challenges to overcome and and obstacles that may seem to difficult to tackle.
If you believe that you can achieve, then you can succeed.
There is a phrase that I learned as a child, and I passed it on to my children and there children. which is:
“Don’t wait for your ship of opportunity, Wade out and get it”.
If you are A, “I’m Just A”, then you will not ever become what you could have been.

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By: Lamarr Wilson http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/05/how-to-not-be-just-a/#comment-93849 Fri, 05 Dec 2008 22:05:52 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/05/how-to-not-be-just-a/#comment-93849 Flimmer,

I wasn’t advocating complacency, just the opposite actually. Those who are confident and do the best they can do will naturally be those who go above and beyond. When I was a stock person at Office Depot I made sure I helped in other departments. When the cashiers were overloaded, I jumped in to help. I proved that I wasn’t “just a.” The result? I have always had a job, and I have always gotten jobs that technically I shouldn’t have if you go by education backgrounds or status. If I were complacent, I would never have taken the leap to start my own business out here where there are much larger companies doing much more business, and sometimes, cheaper.

So I’m with you. People who are not “just a” will do their best always, and your best always involves going above and beyond; it’s just a natural cycle.

My mom and uncle who posted above are EXCELLENT examples of this, as well as my favorite student that I’ve known since 1st grade, Kheperah. Thanks for the comments!

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By: Kheperah Ray http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/05/how-to-not-be-just-a/#comment-93848 Fri, 05 Dec 2008 13:30:59 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/05/how-to-not-be-just-a/#comment-93848 Wow !! How to NOT be “just a” Makes it seem not to cut your self short but be able to tell what your are. I’m not” just a” student I’m a student that can do more to learn . That was a motivational post man !!! Keep it Up..

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