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Over a decade of working in NYC would give most transplants and natives the notion that they are an expert, an expert at something!?! If you're a metropolitanite living in a major city in the US I'll bet that you concur. Not to mention, in this economy one's skill set and hustler deck must be fully stacked.
You're ambitious. You've held almost every job known to man and there might be a couple more odd ones out there you're still willing to try. Oh and you've got a genius idea, you're starting a company! Fantastic, congrats.
Okay now let's get down to your claims of expertise, shall we? Obviously your an expert in the field you started your company in (duh) plus you're also an expert mixologist, a rental agent and a parking space attendant. You forgot to mention a couple of your colleagues have a crappy outlook on life so now you're also a therapist, who gets a free meal to tune in.
What's my point? Be an expert in your field MOST DEFINITELY, pursue what you love with all of your heart no matter what it takes YOU BET, but most importantly BE AN EXPERT AT LIFE!
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It is going to take learning a lot of life lessons, professionally and personally. You will bleed, you will sweat and yes you might even come to tears in a not so grand position or uncomfortable circumstance. Lastly, (oh gasp) you will fail. With every moment, even the ones that feel like torture keep change in your perspective, and move on to your next level of expertise.
Truly, all that time helping to solve other people's problems will likely help you understand aspects of your future customer service needs. Creating a killer cocktail could make your next company holiday party the most talked about jungle juice experience ever! Being able to sell a product without any frills and make it seem interesting might teach you some valuable lessons about sales and marketing.
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Riddle me this, who doesn't want to be a CEO, who can make a killer margarita, sell ice to an eskimo, parallel park like a champ and give out great business and life advice? Exactly. Think Mark Cuban, think Richard Branson.
I've scrubbed toilets in the dorms of Indiana University, handed out flyers to angry sweaty New Yorkers, waited tables, made some terrible and some great drinks, prepped food, sold door to door, cold called, and the list goes on and on.
Almost fifteen years later continuing to work in an industry that I love... I would say that the most valuable expert I have ever been and will ever be is an expert at life.