People Without Paid Positions At Panera

I go to Panera Bread a couple of times per week during lunch time to relax and get some work done.

It’s also a great place to just kind of listen in to what’s happening in corporate america. There are an endless supply of business people that go there for lunch. It’s packed with suits and business-casual wear from around 11am til 1pm. That’s when I go as well.

Over the past three weeks, I’ve listened in (you may call it eavesdropping) on very similar conversations. Each conversation was on the topic of finding a job or updating their resume for a job search. I even heard somebody recommend a business coach that works with people that are searching for a job.

Every time I hear these conversations, I can’t help but feel bad for the people that don’t have jobs. I mean, they are at least out there trying to better themselves. They are trying to find work. But, most of what they say is very victim mentality-ish. As if finding a high paying job is the only way their life can get back on track. They are all waiting for somebody to realize their worth, and hire them.

Sometimes, I want to interrupt and try to smack some sense into them!

I wish they realized that determining worth is on nobody else’s shoulders but their own. There are so many different ways that they could be actively proving their worth. Yet, they think that a perfect resume will do the trick… It’s really quite sad.

You know what? I don’t even really fault the person. The fault is on the system — the system that indoctrinated them to think that way.

In reality, we don’t need more corporate lackeys. We need more:

Creators. Innovators. Entrepreneurs. Questioners. Risk-takers.

And none of those types of people rely on somebody else deeming them worthy or valuable. They create their value. They create their future.

So should you.

Until next time,

Jerrod H.


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