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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
Coach Swinney gave back more to the audience than they could possibly take in. During Mr. Dabo’s presentation he inspired and motivated other players and coaches with what he called his fundamentals for success through stories, quotes, scriptures and words of encouragement.
The St. Luke Church was buzzing with excitement and if you were not there I’m here to take you there by summarizing what happened and how this message changed our lives so through his name I present to you the “11Things I Learned From DABO SWINNEY.”
(D) is for Dream. Don’t be afraid to dream big but set goals with a vision for your success.
(A) is for Active. Be involved and stay involved in school and community programs.
(B) is for Build. Surround yourself with good and tough people so you can build and have positive relationships.
(O) is for Over. Don’t buy into being an over achiever but speak belief into your life and say “I’m not an overachiever I’m an over believer.”
(S) is for Spiritual. In order to have success on and off the field you have to have a spiritual foundation in your life.
is for What. People say someday I will do this and someday I will do that. What you do today determines when your someday will be.
(I) is for Individual. People that are successful know that separation comes from preparation.
(N) is for Now. Don’t take anything for granted so start to bloom where you are planted.
(N) is for Never. Never Ever let people walk through your mind with dirty feet.
(E) is for Education. Getting your diploma and degree is a game changer and it can take you out of the long line and place you in the short line.
(Y) is for You. You can be successful and make a difference. You can work hard and out work others.
When you hear Dabo Swinney conduct interviews or talk to his team in the locker room it will not help you understand how great he is and why he is one of the top coaches in the world until you hear him speak and share his story and still give God glory. I hope this message inspired you like the 11 Things I Learned From DABOR SWINNEY inspired me.
Derrick Hayes is a Paraprofessional that works with students who have Autism and is also known as the “enTIEtainer” where he tells stories through neck ties to empower others to greatness. For contact or booking information visit www.derrickhayes.com , email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (706) 615-1662.