I meet a lot of different kinds of people at my restaurant.
I found out a long time ago that there are essentially two types of people that come to apply.
I'm not saying that everyone fits neatly into these two categories, because there are a million different types of people in the world, but I am saying that of all the different types of people.... these two are the most clearly evident.
1 - Younger folks who are just starting out and need a job to make some money while they go to college or figure out what they're going to do with their lives.
2 - Older folks who have some kind of issue that resulted with them losing their good job and now taking on a restaurant job in order to pay their bills. Failures? I wouldn't say that though their dreams have found a problem along the way.
The second type is further branched into two more types.
1 - Those who have accepted their fate in life as a restaurant worker and no longer try to do anything but wait tables. The tend to be alcoholics or drug users. They really don't care what happens to themselves anymore. Failures? At this point, they've given up.
2 - Those who despite setbacks still attempt to make a place for themselves in the world. They are not content to simply work at a restaurant because they can imagine a better life for themselves, and they strive for it. Failures? Definitely not. No one who continues to try is a failure.
I work with a young man who is constantly going to acting auditions.
Is he going to make it as an actor? Probably not. That is a tough field, and we don't really live in a place that is conducive to his efforts. He doesn't give up though.
I also work with a man in his fifties who still dreams of being a doctor. He takes classes whenever he can, and is constantly reading up on it. Will he ever become a doctor? He just might.
There's a gentleman who dreams of becoming a champion chess player. I play him once in awhile. It's pretty difficult to break into Grandmaster Hood if you haven't been playing chess since you are a very young child. Still, he tries and tries.
Now, on the other hand I work with plenty of alcoholics. They don't care about anything. They only want to get drunk. They spend their days working to make what little bit of money they can that they will spend that very night on alcohol. They'll have nothing left.
Nothing to feel proud about.
The people that try though....
The people that won't give up.....
To those people I say....
Don't let them tell you that you can't do it.