Folding jeans… maybe some of us need a lesson.

November 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm 4 comments

It was 12 years ago for those of you wondering. No. This is not one of those blogs where I am going to talk about how much easier life was at 16. Or how I miss those days. Because it wasn’t and I don’t. I would rather poke my eye out with a fork than go back to high school. I am going to talk about the job I had when I was 16. That’s right. WORK.

I was a sophomore in high school. Played sports so I was busy, and I had a job at the local Levis store. I made crap money, I worked crap hours, and my boss hated me. None of these things were working in my favor. I mean seriously. I would be in school every day by 7am, ball practice in 100* weather until 5, work from 6-10:30. I worked every Friday night. Most Saturdays and Sundays. I would go into work after a day of ball practice and I had no car, so I had to get a ride from someone if my parents were not home that night. Then I would work for about an hour, the store would be slow so I would get sent home.

At first I was overjoyed to get sent home. “Awesome. Now I can go be a teenager. WORK SUCKS” – then I realized that as tough as it was for me to find a ride to work, it was even harder to find a ride home. I was broke because I only worked an hour. And to top it off I soon realized my boss sent me home not as a reward, but because I wasn’t good at my job and wasn’t worth it to keep around.  I know. Its hard to believe. But I like most 16 year olds thought I knew everything and that I could get away with avoiding work while at work. As a matter of fact, I know many adults that still do this today. So what was the outcome. I would exhaust more effort, had higher stress, made less money and was inconvenienced more by AVOIDING working while at work than if I actually just did my job well.


It was a magical day the day I decided to actually do my job at work. Time flew by! I felt accomplished. My boss was impressed. The following chain of events was great. I got better at my job so it got easier. I got more hours because I was good at it (which meant more $ to me!). I got a raise! I got a promotion several months later. I ended up being promoted to a supervisor by the time I reached 17. At 18 I was making better money than any other high school kid I knew, and many adults. I had an understanding of business, profit and loss statements, working with and leading people, etc. Not to mention, I can fold a mean pair of jeans.

Why did this happen? BECAUSE I ACTUALLY DID MY JOB! I spent so much time and energy avoiding my job the first 2 months I had it that I am almost ashamed to admit it. Obviously I  changed that.

My simple point is this. And I am going to capitalize it because I want this message to be clear to everyone. STOP AVOIDING THE PARTS OF YOUR JOB THAT MAKE YOU SUCCESSFUL AND GET YOUR BUTT TO WORK! For some of you that means paperwork, for some it means lead generating, for some it means just working at all at anything.

My promise to you is this. If you actually work. If you actually do what you are supposed to. Your stress levels will go down, your income will go up, and the ease of your job will increase. Give it a try, the avoidance isn’t worth it.

If you think you’re job is tough. If you think its thankless. Do me a favor. It is the holiday season. Go to your local retail shop and get a part time job through the new year. There is no hell quite as special as working retail in the holidays.




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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kale Wright  |  November 17, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Now I’ve got to go get new shoes. Not only did you ‘step on my toes’ in that, you just walked all over my feet! Thanks for the reminder that I’m not a teenager anymore and that I’m in charge of my own future.

  • 2. Eric Rodriguez  |  November 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Amen to this. Thank you for the story. I encountered something similar when I was 16 folding jeans and towels in the Sears home fashions department. It still really hit me right now though. Thanks for putting things into perspective. Great way to put it.

  • 3. joeloomer  |  May 6, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Herewith the proof that I actually PAY ATTENTION to your Facebook posts and come on over and do what you ask! I loved this post Liz, and I really, really needed it today. Ain’t been the best set of business days for me lately, but in the end its just a better opportunity! Thanks for pointing us back to this post!

    Navy Chief, Navy Pride

  • 4. Rebecca Jensen  |  May 6, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Mall of America Hot Topic, Black Friday and “return all the crap you don’t want” New Years Day. Great post, I feel ya! 🙂


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