My first day of work, I’m going to show you how to be better.
I’m not a master of the art of the walk, or the drill.
I’m just an employee of a software company.
And that’s the point.
I was there for the last two months, working with a team of 20 employees.
This is a small company, but we have been doing it for two years.
I didn’t want to waste my time with a PowerPoint presentation, so I took out my iPhone, downloaded the app on my laptop, and started working on a simple problem.
It was a simple, simple problem – “What is the number of times the letter x occurs in a line of text?”
– and it took me a little while to work through the problem.
But it wasn’t long before I had a very simple, logical answer: there are only four occurrences of x in a sentence.
I could now think of a solution to this problem, and it was the first step in my journey to becoming a better person.
A few weeks later, I found myself sitting in a room with five other colleagues, and the conversation turned to the problem of how to become a better worker.
We had a great discussion about the challenges of this profession.
But before the discussion, one of our colleagues brought up an interesting question: How can we find the answers to this question that we know are out there?
The conversation ended there.
But then, we started thinking about what we could do.
How can I better prepare myself for the future?
So I started to look for the solutions to problems like this one.
A lot of the work we do in this company is done on the computer.
It’s not that I don’t know how to use a phone, but it’s a lot of time and effort.
So I set up a plan to spend that time better preparing myself for what’s ahead.
My first day in the office, I started with an email I received a few weeks ago: I’ve been offered a job at a company in South Africa.
I went straight to the company’s website and typed in the details.
It turned out that the company is based in Cape Town, South Africa, which means that I would have to travel there for two weeks to meet with my new boss.
I was very excited about the prospect of making a difference in the lives of young people who are facing life-threatening illnesses.
I didn’t know what the job would entail, but I wanted to make a difference.
I knew that I was passionate about software and had worked at a few companies in the past.
So it seemed like a good fit.
I did the interview, sat down for a short interview, and then was handed my first paycheck of the day.
It came in a very nice, black envelope.
I opened it up, and there was a handwritten note from my new company thanking me for my service.
I wasn’t too worried.
I had to work hard and be motivated.
I started my first work day with an optimistic mindset.
I thought, I’ve got a good chance of making it in this job.
I am good at what I do.
And I think I’m good at how I work.
I just need to make sure that the things that I think are important to me actually get done.
After working on my first task, I noticed that the rest of my colleagues were working on the same problem.
I started feeling a little nervous.
I needed to find out how I would fare if I was asked to do the same task.
So I asked my co-workers what they thought.
Everyone agreed that I needed more time.
They said that if I had an hour to spare, I should be able to spend it learning the ropes of the job.
This gave me an idea.
I sat down with a colleague, and we brainstormed.
We asked each other if we could come up with an idea of our own that would be more effective.
I kept looking at each other, and thought, What if we all had an idea that we were passionate about?
I started brainstorming ideas.
I came up with a simple idea that I called “The New Problem”.
I wanted to be the first person to do this task.
I wanted the idea to come from me, because I have the most experience in the field.
It would be my first time working with an actual problem.
My boss said, “What if you were to do it for me?”
I started doing it and I started having a lot more fun than I ever thought I would.
It felt like my entire life had been mapped out for me.
I began to wonder if I could ever have the same opportunity again.
A month after I started, my boss asked if I would be willing to come back and work with him.
He was very impressed by my first week and thought I was ready to tackle another task.
So he invited me to come to his office for a few