Tonight’s BedTImE story is The Roof The Roof The Roof is on Fire
Father’s Day Interview with my Dad James Hayes, Jr. and in this interview through the word FATHER we talk about Family, Air Force, Honey (Beekeeping), Teaching, Elections and Retirement. For more about Derrick Hayes the “enTIEtainer” please go to http://www.entietainer.com.
Flashback Friday is where I presented at the Maggie Brown Middle School in Newnan, Ga where their slogan and life transformation message is Bee The Change. The Principal of Maggie Brown Middle School is Ahmand Tinker
A few years ago I needed a part time job and nobody was hiring so I applied to work at Little Caesars. At first I thought you could apply at the store but quickly I learned that the only way to get a job there was to fill out an application online.
When you are new in the pizza industry and even before you can take money or make the crust you have to start off in the back washing the dishes.
Every night I came to work I left everything in the sink as I was determined to be the best person to ever wash a pan. As time when on I was crossed trained in other areas but nobody and I mean nobody could keep up the flow of dishes on a Friday night which is the busiest day in the land of pizza.
When I was asked to leave early one night the person that replaced me started to curse and throw their apron. Not everyone is meant to do your job.
Even with my hands in the water from time to time I would look from the back to the front door and through the word DISH I’m here to share with you 4 Things I Observed in a Million Dollar Restaurant.
D is for Diversity. On any given shift you could have High School students, Colleges students and career professionals making pizza together at the same time. You may have a Grandmother being supervised by a Granddaughter. As diverse as it was I saw that no matter what the race or religion of the people we all found a way to have fun and make things work.
I is for Isolation. When you are the guy doing the dishes you are on an island by yourself. The only way you get help is when the rush is over. Just like in other industries if you can’t hold it down when they need you they have many other applications of people they can turn to. One way I made it work was to keep a pen or paper on me so that while I was washing dishes I would meditate and write down the great ideas when they would come to me. S is for Service. Science can do or want to do it
S is for Service. If customers are not greatly treated the business will soon be defeated. People can get a pizza from many other outlets and even from the gas stations and grocery stores so you have to take care of the customers because they are the ones that help your job take care of you. It is a blessing to see someone enter your workplace and leave with a smile on their face.
H is for Help. At the end of the day, help others and they will help you. The person washing the dishes is just as important as the one making the pizzas and the ones taking the money. If I don’t have the pans washed than no dough and ingredients can placed in the oven and if the pizzas are not in the oven than no pizzas can go out the door.
Even when I washed dishes in an environment with Diversity I appreciated the Isolation because it allowed me to see how great Service can Help create a Million Dollar Restaurant
Growing up in Rantoul, Il I had the honor to get to know people like John Whaley @eehour1 , Rechard Collins @rechard1911 and Lloyd Mosley @helluaguy22
From there I went to college in Nashville at Tennessee State University I had the pleasure to bond with successful people like B.J. Saulsberry @BJsauls and Randy Fuller @fulran
And once I moved to Columbus, Georgia for over a year I was on 92.7 with Kris Green @kgsmooth for Inspirational Wednesday.
You may say what do all these people have in common? They all now live in Houston and they were directly or indirectly effected by Hurricane Harvey.
After talking with some of them over the phone and others through text messages and social media there is one story they inspired me to tell.
There was a man that was not chicken to get to the other side. The water had receded but not all the way. He didn’t have a boat and his car would not make it. So he didn’t focus on being scared. He started to get prepared because he knew how important the opportunity was on the other side.
Knowing he had to walk through water he took off shoes, took off his socks, rolled up his pant legs and put his socks in his pocket and went on his way while he carried his shoes.
As he walked through the water he started to see waves that gave him a sign to wave goodbye to depression, wave goodbye to disappointment. At times he would wade in the water and others he would wait in the water but he kept walking because you have to go through your obstacles to get to your opportunity
Once he made it to dry land he pulled out an old rag he had in his pocket and wiped down his legs and feet. Put back on his shoes, rolled his pant legs down and walked into a building for an interview.
The H.R. manager said thank you for coming and especially for making it on time but we can’t hire you because our policy is shirt and tie and it is strictly enforced. No excuses we don’t lower our standards for nobody.
The man reached into his pocket like he was looking for a tie. All he had was socks. HR Manager said you better do something with those socks or open the door back up and kick rocks.
The man looked at each sock like they were alive. Brought them together so that they could network and build a relationship. He put his neck on the line for this opportunity and things started to take shape right before their eyes. (Bow Tie)
HR manager said I thought you would of made a regular tie. The man responded by saying you didn’t lower your standards so why should I lower my expectations.
Ladies and Gentleman sometimes in life you have to take off your shoes and socks, roll up your pants legs and have the faith to walk on water like Jesus.
Like I always say Before you leave No Shame or go to sleep tonight Give someone a WOE, a Word Of Encouragement. Derrick Hayes is my name and Stand Up Encouragement is my game. I hope you learned something from me and when you leave here you’ll never be the same.
Derrick Hayes is an Author, Motivational Speaker and Paraprofessional with students with Autism in the Muscogee County School District in Columbus, Georgia. For contact or booking information visit www.derrickhayes.com , email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (706) 615-1662.