Risk Taking - Can it pay off...

Risk Taking

I learned about risk taking when I was fifteen years old.

We had just moved from Rapid City, South Dakota to Denver, Colorado.

After arriving and getting settled - I immediately went looking for a job - so that I could make the payments on my 1969 Chevy Impala. They were a whopping $25 per month. That gives you an idea of the costs of things back then.

Hope that didn’t give my age away.

I had applied at a fast food restaurant and several other places.

After putting in all my applications and waiting a few days - I never received one call - very frustrating.

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Step Out and Go for It

Now I am not advocating telling fibs - but I decided to call the fast food restaurant and tell them I was following up to see if they had attempted to contact me - I had told them I was out of town.

As luck would have it - the manager told me to come on in for an interview - the sooner the better.

My guess is as I look back on the time - the manager probably just lost another employee - and my timing was perfect.

Don't Be Afraid to Try New Things

Well - I got the job - in the kitchen area.

Every time I was caught up - I would go to see if I could help out in other areas - such as the front of the house - helping the manager with inventory - closing out the registers.

Now - I was not trying to do anything else but learn and keep busy.

Risk Taking - Can Pay Big Dividends...

After about one year - I was now 16 years old - the main manager was fired - the assistant manager was promoted to manager - and guess what - I was promoted to assistant manager at the age of 16 years old.

I stayed successfully in that position until I left for the Marine Corps at 17 years old.

Thank you and May God Bless you!