The First Hourly Paid Job

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I can remember the first hourly paid job I took back when I was 15 years old. I remember being so excited that I was going to have a way to earn some income, so that I would not have to rely on my parents for extra money. I grew up in an average household. My father worked as a tool grinder and made enough money for our family to live and for my mother to be a stay-at-home mom, but we definitely did not have extra money or have the finer things in life. My parents often struggled to pay the bills, but always managed, some how, some way. With that upbringing, I’m not sure that I ever really thought about jobs as much more that a way to earn money. So at a young age, my perspective of what motivated people who work was strictly money. Over the years I have had several jobs, but finally settled on a career in the medical field, or specifically the medical laboratory industry. I started off as a medical lab tech in the US Army and performed that task for 6-8 years. During that time I started to develop thoughts about being a supervisor, because I personally thought that I would do thing different than some of my supervisors. I worked with several people with very different backgrounds and had several supervisors, all with different leadership styles. I could also clearly see that very different things motivated my co-workers and me. Some were motivated by money, some were motivated by helping people, some were motivated by the respect they received from the supervisors

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