Is there anything worse than a wimpy guy? You women know what I’m talking about, right? If you’re being a wimp with your career – stop it!

If you think you’re the first person that has to commute, travel, relocate, work the night shift or do work that’s beneath you, you’re wrong. Most successful people have done all of this, or maybe still do, in their careers.

When I’m speaking with some of you about your careers and job prospects, some of you are not being realistic. You can’t start at the top. You can’t cheat the system. You cannot go from A to Z skipping all the other steps in between. You have to go from A, B, C, D, E, etc., all the way to Z. Some of you want to start at Z! The top! It doesn’t work that way.

Don’t be a wimp! You might have to do some of the most meaningless jobs in the world to get where you want to go in life. In my life, I have been a dishwasher, busboy, waiter, and janitor among other things. I have worked the 2nd shift, 3rd shift and I have worked overseas in hardship areas. I have lived off popcorn and coffee for weeks at a time. Was all of this fun? No! It wasn’t always fun, but the interesting thing is some of the lessons I learned from those experiences I use today. And I think about them often. In fact, I was the best dishwasher in the city of Denver and possibly the entire state of Colorado! I still take pride in this.

What was so bad or harmful about doing that stuff? Nothing! I wasn’t a wimp! I remember what my mother used to tell me, she would say, “Whatever you do in life make sure you’re the best!” and “It doesn’t matter what you’re doing as long as you’re the best!” and that’s the attitude I still have today. Even if what you’re doing right now seems mindless, it’s not. You have to be the best at that mindless job! How do you think you will move-up and out of what you’re currently doing? By being the best, that’s how!

Don’t be a wimp! Sometimes you have to do “what you have to do” to get where you want to go. Sometimes you have to suck it up and do things that are (you think) beneath you. I can tell you this without hesitation. All of the jobs you will ever have in your life you will learn from. And all of those jobs are important for you to get where you want to go. These jobs early in your career development are important to form your ideas about work and cement your work ethic. In other words, it’s good for you! Don’t be a wimp! Do what you have to do! I hope this helps.

Good luck to you!

Mike Palumbo