I love the story of James Podsiadly for one reason. He has broken convention and in doing so, will change peoples perception forever.
For the uninitiated, James managed to break into the AFL ranks for the first time at the age of 28. Playing his first game for Geelong in season 2010. In football terms he’s a senior citizen. In fact, most people start retiring around that vintage. But James wasn’t fortunate enough to get picked to play at AFL level at a young age. Geelong is his third club, and he has been starring this year.
He’s proven that age is relative to development.
He’s proven that age is relative to opportunity.
He’s proven that desire can be translated into results.
He’s proven that great work eventually gets noticed.
He’s proven that sometimes people / companies / clubs get it wrong.
He’s proven that staying the course over a a long period is where results live.
So far in the year 2010, he’s the most inspiring person I’ve come across. Before we make an assessment of someone’s worth, we should think of James. He’s also who we should remember when we think of quitting, or we’re overlooked in whatever we are doing.
Startup Blog says: Thankyou James.
How to make a Hungry Jacks (Burger King) Whopper:
- Take the top of the bun and swipe mayonnaise across it twice starting in the middle of the bun and swiping out ways
- Sprinkle lettuce onto mayo base just enough so the white of the mayo shows through the lettuce.
- Add two slices of tomato on top of the lettuce at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock.
- Put the meat patty into the base of the bun.
- Spread 4 pickles in a dice configuration while using the squeeze ketchup bottle in opposite hand to spread the pickles.
- Squirt 3.5 circles of ketchup on the beef patty starting at the outside of the circumference.
- Lightly sprinkle onion onto the ketchup at 50% of the thickness of the lettuce.
- Place both thumbs onto the tomatoes of the bun top and flip onto the base.
The reason I’m sharing this with you is, that I learned how to make a whopper over 20 years ago, at a wage of $3.00 per hour and I still remember exactly how to make it. It was and probably still is, the lowest paid job available in the economy.
And yet a business colleague recently told me his his employees didn’t care about their job or the brand of his company because they were Uni students, and part time workers. What a crock. I took particular pride in making fast, well formed whoppers. Even thought it was a menial wage. At the time I was in year 9 at school and had zero intention of going to University or finishing school for that matter, yet I still cared. I cared because I had good managers, encouragement and there was a culture of doing your best, maybe even a little healthy competition to make the fastest and best burgers. It’s my strong belief that the vast majority of people take pride in what they do, no matter how menial it happens to be. So when I hear people saying their employees don’t care about their job, because it is part time, or low paid, I tell them this story. The story that all people no matter what they do have pride in their job, so long as one ingredient is in place:
They know we value what they do, and we treat all employee efforts with respect, regardless of where they stand in the hierarchy.
Startup Blog says: Employees will respond to how we treat them. We must respect them in the first instance. When we do this and we’ll get results reflective of human nature, not the hourly pay rate.