What Did You Learn from Your First Job?

Bryan Helmle asked:

What was your first “real” job that you had, and what is the most important thing you learned from it?

I don’t know how you choose to define “real,” but I’ve always taken my assigned tasks seriously. Even if I was ever a small link in the chain, I always felt my role was essential for the operation of any endeavor.

The amalgamation of experiences, from first to last, has only reinforced my belief that I can take direction… but ultimately need to be the one to drive my own career.

I used to sell old stuff out of a wagon to kids around my neighborhood… and that was every bit a job as my first official paycheck. Just a different kind of job. Heck, I’ve even been known to rent my chest out on occasion!

What did each of my jobs teach me along the way? Responsibility and resoluteness.