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5 Things Only Drive-Through Staff Would Understand

5 Things Only Drive-Through Staff Would Understand

Working at a drive-through may not be the most glamorous job. You have to deal with standing on your feet for long periods of time, learn to fix unexpected and stressful situations that come up, get paid minimum wage and when you go home you still smell strongly of fried food. Despite the hardships, there are a great deal of life lessons that come out of this position that you can use outside of your shift. Read on to find out what important lessons this entry-level job can teach you that will help you out in the future–both in your career and personal lives.

They know how to deal with all different types of people

Working at a drive-through you encounter a diverse population as your customers. In the morning there are the commuters in a rush to get to their places of employment, in the afternoon the groups of teenagers from the nearby high schools and late at night the inebriated party animals. Each group has its own particular issues, but learning how to deal effectively with each group and display excellent customer service will not only help you in your future careers, but also situations within your personal life as well.

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They are not afraid of a little dirt

In a fast-food environment you are bound to get spilled ketchup on your uniform or just general grime from working in a food establishment. Learning how to accept that life is sometimes messy, whether physically or emotionally, is a key skill that you can always use later on. The important thing to remember is how you deal with the mess and are able to move on from it afterwards.

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They know that teamwork is key

Successfully getting a customer’s order correct is the result of each worker doing their part. From the person taking orders at the drive-through window to the people working in the kitchen prepping the food, everyone’s effort counts. When one team member skimps on their duties, it can easily be felt by the entire team. Learning to communicate with your co-workers to get a certain task done is important not only in a professional setting, but also for personal relationships.

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They know that a little bit of kindness goes a long way

No matter what kind of day you have been having, when a customer says a kind word it brightens up your day. It can be as simple as “have a good day,” but human kindness can have a positive effect on you that will change your mood for the rest of your shift. The reverse is also true where service with a smile can make a big impression on your customers, since drive-through service is not always the friendliest.  It is important to remember this detail when you move on to other careers, no matter your position, since this simple gesture can open so many doors.

They learn that hard work will be rewarded no matter the job

Working at a drive-through may seem like a mindless job but, like any job, if you put in the hard work you will stand out. Pitching in to help out others, learning your duties quickly so that you can do your job in an efficient manner, going above and beyond what your job entails, will all get you noticed eventually by your supervisor. This will translate well if you need a job reference later on in life or are being considered for a promotion. Learning that no job is below you is a invaluable skill in the workplace and mastering the tasks you are given makes you a valuable employee no mater the position.

Featured photo credit: Burger King, Shirley (like the one in Back to the Future)/Elliott Brown via flickr.com

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Last Updated on December 3, 2019

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

There are so many lessons I wish I had learned while I was young enough to appreciate and apply them. The thing with wisdom, and often with life lessons in general, is that they’re learned in retrospect, long after we needed them. The good news is that other people can benefit from our experiences and the lessons we’ve learned.

Here’re 10 important life lessons you should learn early on:

1. Money Will Never Solve Your Real Problems

Money is a tool; a commodity that buys you necessities and some nice “wants,” but it is not the panacea to your problems.

There are a great many people who are living on very little, yet have wonderfully full and happy lives… and there are sadly a great many people are living on quite a lot, yet have terribly miserable lives.

Money can buy a nice home, a great car, fabulous shoes, even a bit of security and some creature comforts, but it cannot fix a broken relationship, or cure loneliness, and the “happiness” it brings is only fleeting and not the kind that really and truly matters. Happiness is not for sale. If you’re expecting the “stuff” you can buy to “make it better,” you will never be happy.

2. Pace Yourself

Often when we’re young, just beginning our adult journey we feel as though we have to do everything at once. We need to decide everything, plan out our lives, experience everything, get to the top, find true love, figure out our life’s purpose, and do it all at the same time.

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Slow down—don’t rush into things. Let your life unfold. Wait a bit to see where it takes you, and take time to weigh your options. Enjoy every bite of food, take time to look around you, let the other person finish their side of the conversation. Allow yourself time to think, to mull a bit.

Taking action is critical. Working towards your goals and making plans for the future is commendable and often very useful, but rushing full-speed ahead towards anything is a one-way ticket to burnout and a good way to miss your life as it passes you by.

3. You Can’t Please Everyone

“I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everyone” – Bill Cosby.

You don’t need everyone to agree with you or even like you. It’s human nature to want to belong, to be liked, respected and valued, but not at the expense of your integrity and happiness. Other people cannot give you the validation you seek. That has to come from inside.

Speak up, stick to your guns, assert yourself when you need to, demand respect, stay true to your values.

4. Your Health Is Your Most Valuable Asset

Health is an invaluable treasure—always appreciate, nurture, and protect it. Good health is often wasted on the young before they have a chance to appreciate it for what it’s worth.

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We tend to take our good health for granted, because it’s just there. We don’t have to worry about it, so we don’t really pay attention to it… until we have to.

Heart disease, bone density, stroke, many cancers—the list of many largely preventable diseases is long, so take care of your health now, or you’ll regret it later on.

5. You Don’t Always Get What You Want

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

No matter how carefully you plan and how hard you work, sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to… and that’s okay.

We have all of these expectations; predetermined visions of what our “ideal” life will look like, but all too often, that’s not the reality of the life we end up with. Sometimes our dreams fail and sometimes we just change our minds mid-course. Sometimes we have to flop to find the right course and sometimes we just have to try a few things before we find the right direction.

6. It’s Not All About You

You are not the epicenter of the universe. It’s very difficult to view the world from a perspective outside of your own, since we are always so focused on what’s happening in our own lives. What do I have to do today? What will this mean for me, for my career, for my life? What do I want?

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It’s normal to be intensely aware of everything that’s going on in your own life, but you need to pay as much attention to what’s happening around you, and how things affect other people in the world as you do to your own life. It helps to keep things in perspective.

7. There’s No Shame in Not Knowing

No one has it all figured out. Nobody has all the answers. There’s no shame in saying “I don’t know.” Pretending to be perfect doesn’t make you perfect. It just makes you neurotic to keep up the pretense of manufactured perfection.

We have this idea that there is some kind of stigma or shame in admitting our limitations or uncertainly, but we can’t possibly know everything. We all make mistakes and mess up occasionally. We learn as we go, that’s life.

Besides—nobody likes a know-it-all. A little vulnerability makes you human and oh so much more relatable.

8. Love Is More Than a Feeling; It’s a Choice

That burst of initial exhilaration, pulse quickening love and passion does not last long. But that doesn’t mean long-lasting love is not possible.

Love is not just a feeling; it’s a choice that you make every day. We have to choose to let annoyances pass, to forgive, to be kind, to respect, to support, to be faithful.

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Relationships take work. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s incredibly hard. It is up to us to choose how we want to act, think and speak in a relationship.

9. Perspective Is a Beautiful Thing

Typically, when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. Everything that is happening in our lives seems so big, so important, so do or die, but in the grand picture, this single hiccup often means next to nothing.

The fight we’re having, the job we didn’t get, the real or imagined slight, the unexpected need to shift course, the thing we wanted, but didn’t get. Most of it won’t matter 20, 30, 40 years from now. It’s hard to see long term when all you know is short term, but unless it’s life-threatening, let it go, and move on.

10. Don’t Take Anything for Granted

We often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone: that includes your health, your family and friends, your job, the money you have or think you will have tomorrow.

When you’re young, it seems that your parents will always be there, but they won’t. You think you have plenty of time to get back in touch with your old friends or spend time with new ones, but you don’t. You have the money to spend, or you think you’ll have it next month, but you might not.

Nothing in your life is not guaranteed to be there tomorrow, including those you love.

This is a hard life lesson to learn, but it may be the most important of all: Life can change in an instant. Make sure you appreciate what you have, while you still have it.

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