“It is fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” -Bill Gates
There is not one human on earth who is immune to failure. Sure, living life under the radar, not taking any risks may result in less failure, but no great man or woman ever “played it safe” when it came to their journey of success.
At my job, there is one person in particular, who started off under the radar, not taking risks and simply trying to get by, but took his inadequacy and used it as motivation to be the best version of himself.
Meet Ricky. The quiet, straight-faced 18 year old. Starting his very first job at Chick-fil-A in February of 2016.
Although Ricky had the hard work ethic, he didn't have the “Chick-fil-A persona.”
Cheery, enthusiastic, chicken-loving folks who have a passion for serving and building connections. This is Chick-fil-A.
So… how does a timid, first-time employee learn to embody this Chick-fil-A character?
Well, Ricky stepped out of his comfort zone. Living 18 years as an introverted talk-oriented person, Ricky had to muster up the courage to change who he had always been.
Rather than backing away from the challenge, Ricky embraced it.
Mustering up the courage and confidence to become the extroverted, “people person” that Chick-fil-A needed him to be.
Once the straight-faced 18 year-old who was comfortable being an introvert, became a 2-time employee of the month, being promoted from team member to trainer, and from trainer to supervisor.
Ricky embodies what it means to succeed. Because success isn't starting at the top and staying there. Success is starting from the bottom, facing adversity, and using your weaknesses to motivate you.
After persistence, hard work and a determined spirit, anything can be accomplished.
Ricky is just one of the many team members who has shown his grit.
The undying spirit to achieve, lead and succeed.
This, is Chick-fil-A.
Go For Gold
The gold standard…… What is it?
Once used to measure the value of actual gold, the “gold standard” these days typically means having high standards.
But…. what does that look like?
Im going to give you two scenarios. You decide for yourself which one reflects the “gold standard.”
Sam is having a bad day. He comes into work, forgetting his name tag and his belt. He hastily clocks-in 6 minutes late. Although Sam is late for work, his managers turn a bind eye and thank him for merely showing up.
Sam is having a bad day. He comes into work, forgetting his name tag and his belt. Before Sam can even clock-in, his manager tells him to stay in the back and use the spare name tag and belt. Sam also gets a stern warning about being 6 minutes late, and knows that next time will be a write-up.
In scenario 1, Sam eventually becomes comfortable being a few minutes late every day… he feels entitled because he has been working there for a long time. The company Sam works for has low standards. Therefore, the company will continue to hire people like Sam.
In scenario 2, Sam knows that he will be written-up if he’s late again. Sam also knows that he will be reprimanded if he forgets part of his uniform again. Sam eventually becomes more punctual in all aspects of his life. Sam also makes sure to keep his uniform in his car, so he will never forget it again.
Moral of the story, having high-standards molds your employees into responsible and organized young adults.
Because the gold-standard is simple, expect and accept only the best.
Have high standards for yourself and you’ll never forget your belt again.
Love At First Sight
With Valentines day right around the corner, it only seems appropriate to talk about the things we love.
The only thing better than crispy, warm Chick-fil-A nuggets, is FREE crispy, warm Chick-fil-A nuggets. Imagine getting free Chick-fil-A every time you work! This is just one of the many benefits of working at Chick-fil-A!
Along with free food, Chick-fil-A gives you an automatic day off every week. Have a big science project due Monday? Don't even worry about scheduling off… Chick-fil-A has done it for you! Whether your Sunday’s are spent studying or spending time with your family, no job should interfere with the truly important things in life.
What better way to work off those chicken nuggets than to go to the gym? At Chick-fil-A, we offer FREE gym memberships at Crunch™ and Planet Fitness™! So don't worry, your belt will always fit.
This year, let Chick-fil-A be your valentine.
Opportunities Beyond the Paycheck
Most know Chick-fil-A for their delectable chicken nuggets and lighting-fast service.
What most don't see is the group of people working their very hardest behind the scenes to make these amazing things possible.
I think we can ALL agree it feels good to be appreciated.
Contrary to most jobs these days, at Chick-fil-A, hard-work does NOT go unnoticed.
From a free gym membership to $25,000 in scholarship opportunities each year, Chick-fil-A truly gives back to their team members.
In addition, Chick-fil-A has given me amazing resume experience and friendships that will last a lifetime.
The experience and knowledge gained from working at Chick-fil-A is priceless. The additional benefits that come along with it are just the icing on the cake.
Because hard-work deserves recognition.
My job notices my hard work. Wouldn't you like a job that sees yours too?
About the Author
Caroline Burt is a communications major at Palm Beach State college. She has been working for Chick-fil-A in Palm Beach Gardens for 1 year. When she's not working or studying, she enjoys traveling, photography, and eating good food! Caroline's passion for writing combined with her enthusiasm for Chick-fil-A inspires her to write this blog!