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My first job was as a Warehouse Manager for a small residential and commercial electric company in Phoenix, Arizona. I was young, this was my first real responsibility outside of the house, and I wanted to make my family proud. I had no real experience in the construction industry. I had never operated a fork lift nor seen the inside of a semi-trailer, let alone been tasked with loading and unloading one. But I was excited to learn.
The job was during summer break. It was outside, with my only refuge being a modest storeroom with no air conditioning. Nevertheless, having grown up playing sports in Arizona, specifically having spent countless hours outside playing basketball in the summer heat, I was conditioned for the worst.
It did end up being relatively grueling work. For a lightweight like me, at least. And I spent many hours alone. But, I remember that I was always eager to go in each day. Even excited. Of course, as a new driver, the 30-minute commute each morning helped. But thinking back on it now, the real reason I felt so alive that summer was because I had no expectation about what lied ahead of me each day. I did not know what I was in for. And I loved it.
Being well-seasoned in my new career, I try my best to maintain that nervous feeling I once had. I try to expect the best out of each day and take a moment to remind myself that as much as I think I know my routine, and as much as I plan for the day ahead, each time I am still venturing off into the wild unknown.
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