Working in any industry you’re going to have experienced both good and bad days. More often than not, its events or circumstances that happen throughout the day that make or break it; the service industry is no different.
As I’ve talked previously about some bad experiences, I want to highlight some of my best experiences to counteract.
So far my best experiences consist of networking opportunities and meeting some very cool, successful people. My first serving job was a popular restaurant in my hometown of Bright’s Grove, Ontario. Like any restaurant, you usually have a consistent set of regulars. One of our regulars just happened to be David Chilton, an author, investor and former dragon on the show Dragon’s Den. Obviously, my first time serving him, I was a little starstruck, but everything went smoothly and we had some great back and forth conversation. From then on, I continued to serve him the odd time he came in and was able to learn a lot about the business industry and how to become successful.
Another really cool experience was when my friend Jordyn and I sat next to a couple at my current workplace and it just happened to be Nadja Bender. After exchanging in some conversation, they bought us a round of drinks and we reciprocated. It was through our small talk that we began to learn details about their lives and the fact that Nadja was a well-known high fashion model. She’s modeled for magazines like Bazar, Vogue, and Chanel and walked alongside Gigi Hadid, Irina Shayk, Isabel Fontana. Since then we have been in contact through social media channels and I continue to follow her career.
Nadja Bender – Personal Instagram
Working in an industry as social as the serving world brings many highs and lows. Although I have had many bad experiences, it has been encounters like these that have allowed me to have a positive outlook on working in this industry.
I’ve learned that you must take the good with the bad and to ultimately appreciate and put more weight on the good to truly enjoy what you do and to excel at it.
Until next week,