Over the years, I’ve received a good amount of advice. Some more useful than others, I’ve decided to share with you the best four pieces of advice I’ve ever received.
1. “Knowledge is power, when you know better, you do better.”
When was the last time you read a book? And by read a book, I don't mean skimming through the pages to find a quote you like, I mean really read. The kind of reading that changes you. The kind of book that speaks to you with every page flip. The kind of title that captures your mind and content that speaks to your soul. You see, knowledge is so important. So do yourself a favor and read a book.
2. “You cannot control the external world, but you can control your reaction to it.”
As much as we’d like to hope for a day filled with friendly, complaint-free customer encounters, it simply isn't realistic. Serving hundreds of hungry people every day, this is a concept I (and other Chick-fil-A employees) learned rather quickly. You cannot control the outside world. Guests are going to come and order food from you whether they've had the best day or the worst day (because no time is a bad time for a chicken sandwich). But controlling how you react to your guests needs is completely up to you. This is the beauty of my job. I get to turn a sad, emotional 6 year old into an enthused, excited little girl with an ice cream in her hand. This is why we do what we do.
3. “Begin each day with a grateful heart.”
This one is huge… There always seems to be such a negative connotation with the word “work.” But if you truly sit back and realize what “work” actually is, you begin to see that it is actually your biggest blessing. Starting with nothing, you walk into this place. In this place, you not only meet incredible people, you learn so many things. You serve the community, you impact lives. And on top of all that, you’re getting PAID?!?! Just sit back and look at your blessings. If you cannot see them, go and find them.
4. “Happiness is a choice, everything else is a matter of perspective.”
What if I told you that your life could be radically transformed if you simply started thinking differently? It’s true! Smile more. Find little things that make you happy and let them change your life. Practice gratitude. Be grateful for your job, your friends, your food, the clothes on your back. So many would give anything to have what you have. Be compassionate and love others. Make an effort to do at least 5 kind things each day. I promise it will change your life.
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!
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