I know a whole lot of you would expect to hear the story of our President; Goodluck Jonathan. Well sorry to burst bubble. It is not.
Jonathan Rogers, a handsome man in his late forties, completed high school in Trinidad. After working as a flight attendant for five years, he quit because he realized that life as a flight attendant was not what he wanted. Instead he took his customer service skills to the cruise line industry as a purser. At that time, Jonathan’s career aspirations were undefined. When he boarded the ship, his goals were to be employed for a few years and save enough money for a new life in Canada. Once in Canada, he would gain employment in a hotel and move up to become a hotel manager.
Unfortunately, those plans came to a complete stop when the government rejected his immigration application.
In the fifteen years since that time, Jonathan’s story has become truly inspirational. He realized that he could just as easily achieve his career plans at sea. Within a few years, he became chief purser by refining his computer skills, accounting competence and customer service techniques. He also participated in all professional development courses that the corporation offered him. His hard work started to pay off when he caught the attention of a superior who recognized his potential. This person served as a mentor and assisted him in focusing on a career plan.
Jonathan spent many years as chief purser and took on special projects, where he developed his training and leadership skills, cost management expertise and staff relations skills. Soon he had a diverse portfolio of talents, and he was rewarded with the position of food and beverage manager on a prestigious ship.
At every opportunity, Jonathan expressed his career goal to be a hotel director. Now fifteen years later, Jonathan has become a hotel director.
When asked what the secret to his success is, Jonathan’s response was,
“Surround yourself with supportive people who believe in you and who can help you with a plan to make your dreams come true. It is important to ask for feedback and realize what constructive criticism is and what is not. If you don’t ask, you won’t know, you won’t learn and you won’t grow.”
Question – While waiting for a dream job / business, what should a person be doing?