In my experience as one of the leaders during my time at Seed Burger, I’ve learned a lot from interacting and working with our team. Through this, I also reflected on some of my personal habits from when I first entered the workplace as an associate at The Home Depot to becoming a corps member at City Year and working my way up from a substitute teacher to a 5th grade teacher at New Brunswick Public Schools.
I believe that it is important to understand that how people feel and what people think about us when we are not around is often contingent upon what we do when we are around.
So…what are we doing when we are around?
Here are a few quick tips I would offer to anyone who is looking to make a difference in the workplace:
1. Show up EARLY and PREPARED – When we show up early and prepared, it relaxes our mind and reduces stress and anxiety because we are ready for what is to come. Showing up early and prepared also helps to boost our confidence in our ability to perform over time.
2. Stay LATE and put in the WORK – When we are committed, dedicated, and purpose driven, we usually do not mind staying later to finish the job. I know personally that whenever I do what I have to do to make sure that the job is finished, I always come away with a sense of completion knowing that I earned my sleep for the night.
Lastly, always keep in mind that our reputation is our resume. People often come to us based on what they know about us. What we want to do tomorrow is often based on what we do today, and what we do today determines the opportunities that we are often afforded tomorrow.
(Uh • Kway • Us) Aquaus Kelley is a forward-thinking brand strategist, curator, and educator. As the Founder of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group, he specializes in identifying talent and creating opportunities for brand development and social impact. Aquaus has worked with companies and organizations such as Behind The Hustle, Cornerstone Agency, City Year Miami, and W Hotels. He is extremely passionate about bridging the gap and building value between brands, communities, and culture. His ultimate mission is to use his influence to project positivity across the globe and invest in the collective future of society through the arts, education, entertainment, and leadership.