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  • I used to work at a restaurant in the West Village called Bone Lick Park. I was a busboy and my duties were pretty straight forward:

    1) Clean/clear the tables
    2)Produce water for customers who ask
    3)Replenish and restock the work station

    I had an idea that I could do more. "Well here! I know how to be a valuable asset to this restaurant, I'll be the best Busboy there was! I'll go above and beyond the line of duty". Sometimes even the best of intentions produce negative consequences.

    I started neglecting my primary duties in favor of talking to customers and forgetting important things.

    The day before I got fired, my friend Andre Kiss went down to visit me from PA and we talked about how to set your priorities straight, the power of being disciplined, and the importance of "the journey, not the destination". It was a touching conversation, and we both have similar work ethics and goals. It's inspiring to have friends that express exactly what you want to say, and I hope he has the best of luck and success.

    In the end, I learned that responsibility needs to come before good intentions in some cases, and so sometimes you need to sacrifice pleasure for a little while and set your priorities straight. I think that's what I should have done to not be fired, if I realized that earlier.

    Most importantly, being fired was not a negative experience. It's about the journey, not the destination, and failure is actually good in some contexts, because now you know more than you did before.
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