We apply for jobs with expectations that a job will be the exact romanticized position we’ve created in our minds.
Fact is, it can be. But won’t be unless you make it that way.
The mainstream wants you to believe that jobs are either not fun, or fun only if you’re making lots of money. Truth is, it’s the employee who’s either not fun or fun and happen to make money in the meantime. Simple as that.
This is a job. It can be as menial or as meaningful as you make it.
Yes, there will be hot, busy weekends where lines of customers seem to continue like a raging river through the store. Yes, there will be that customer who will blame you and you alone for every imperfection in his or her life. Will you be above that and help the customer find the one spark of good left in their day?
You don’t have to. It’s not your job.
But this job gives you the freedom to go beyond what the cynics tell you. There will be those times where you fall short and you’ll hear about it. Fact is, if you hear about it, it’s because the person who told you knows you well enough to know you’re capable of more.
This job is what you make it. You can be an employee—just like everyone else. Or you can be the best damn team superhero you can be (and even that isn’t good enough for you). This opportunity is yours. If you want it, work for it.