Waitressing skills have proven useful in my career

A waitress in a restaurant
From Flickr: avlxyz

Like many, I worked my way through part of my college by waitressing. What I didn’t know when I did it, however, is that it would prove to be so useful in my career. It’s not really what they mean by “servant leadership,” but it’s ¬†amazing how taking care of someone’s plate, remembering how they like their coffee, etc. can be useful no matter what “rank” you achieve.

I guess it shouldn’t shock me. When I was interning at a Fortune 200 food corporation, I regularly saw the COO open doors for the cleaning person and get someone a refill on their drink. I’m sure there were a lot of reasons everyone thought so highly of him, but I think one of those reasons was because he often served them. There is something about serving another that says, “I respect and value you” like nothing else.

So, can I take that plate for you?