Taking out the trash made me a CFO

As a young employee who wanted to learn as much as possible, I never minded the extra projects that had nothing to do with my role. I’ve had some friends tell me that they would get frustrated if their boss asked them to do something that they were not hired to do. I honestly look at those situations as opportunities to learn more; opportunities to gain experience in something different.

Taking out the trash made me CFO because I gained tons of experience.

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Most of the time, you have to be the “do girl” before you can be the boss. We call that EXPERIENCE.

Some call this earning keep and others call it working your way up the ladder. Either way, I think learning from the ground up is the only way to have full knowledge… and remember… knowledge is power. You may be surprised at the conversations you get to engage in when you grab someone’s trash out of their office. You will be more surprised by the information you will gain by being the note-taker at meetings. Listening to conversations and observing others while you do a mundane task is awesome… I’ve learned a ton of business concepts that way. 

Gain experience by being the "do girl."
You start at the bottom and climb up. Climbing isn’t easy, but the view from the top is worth it!

Here is the catch: you will want to be the “do girl” with a smile on your face and a positive attitude. It doesn’t matter how much you despise taking out the trash or cleaning the coffee pot, a willing perspective and joyful heart will get you a LONG way in life. Your boss will appreciate it and you’ll learn the beautiful power of serving others. 

Get-rich-quick schemes… That is exactly what they are: SCHEMES! I’m NOT a fan of such business models because they are absolutely a lie. These type of concepts do not promote hard work, diligence, and persistence; all of which are vital characteristics for long-term success. Start with taking out the trash and then work yourself up to the top.

I’ve had numerous jobs since, but my first job was vital to laying a solid foundation. I didn’t just wake up and start managing a roofing company. I worked extremely hard to get where I am today. My first job at 15-years old was filing paperwork at an allergy clinic after school. I took out the trash, cleaned the bathrooms, and organized the magazine rack when all the filing was done. I did not necessarily enjoy any of those tasks, but I was able to build a foundation of the basics. I learned basic filing systems and how to keep an office presentable for patients/customers.

Eventually I moved up to working the front desk (learning basic customer service skills) and then over to billing (learning basic accounting procedures). I changed jobs and started at the bottom, but then worked myself up again… learning even MORE stuff. Then, I did it again. And again. Eventually… my entry point became a higher level because I had more experience. When I started at the roofing company… I was hired as the office manager because of my experience at previous jobs. In three years, my role has grown to being the financial controller and one of the key assets in making major company decisions. My experience has grown tremendously and if I were to leave the roofing company… my entry point would be a little higher than an office manager.

If you keep your mind focused on serving others and look at every situation as an opportunity, then you will surely achieve your goals. Read my blog Perspective is Everything.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” Colossians 3:23



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