Home Depot - They promote from within

A lot of people think that Dwight K. Schrute said it best. A lot of people are wrong.

My wife said it best.

"I would be number two now at a Home Depot! Ok? Because they promote from within!" - Dwight K. Schrute

"You should work at a Home Depot! Ok? Because they promote from within!" - Nikki Isaacson

At the time I was working at a medical supply warehouse. I think it was starting to sink in for my new wife that her husband was pulling in $11/hr at Premier Medical Distribution. I like to think that maybe my wife saw all this potential in me and that is why she married me. But sometimes when I have the courage to be REALLY honest with myself, I know that has nothing to do with it. I know deep down in those moments of reflection the REAL reason she married me had nothing to do with what she thought I could achieve.

It was for my good looks.

Nikki (my wife, I'm going to stop referring to her as my wife. So from now on, Nikki === my wife. Got it?) had been pressing me for a while to consider what career paths I might pursue. To be honest, I hadn't considered ANY career paths at that point. I was making $11/hr AND I got an hour for my lunch break. Not too bad.

I remember the day with painful clarity. I'm sure many of you reading this have had similar "come to Jesus" moments with your significant others. I was sitting in her Nissan Rogue in the parking lot behind the movie theaters at The District in South Jordan, Utah. We were casually brain-storming some ideas. I was thinking I could be like a doctor or a pharmacist. I had always been good at arguing so maybe I could be a lawyer. Thats when she dropped the bomb.

"Well I was talking to my dad, and you should look at Home Depot. They promote from within"

Now there is A LOT to unpack here. My heart SINKS just thinking about it. To be clear there is NOTHING wrong with working at Home Depot. We were just talking about grand life goals, and my own wife said that my ceiling was an assistant manager at Home Depot. To add insult to injury, she had talked to her dad about it. And he seemed to think that it was a pretty freakin' good idea.

Now I know, I know, Nikki was just trying to help. We have laughed at this story so many times over the years, but she still doesn't love it when I tell it. The moral of the story is that we all go through our own version of this. It might not be your beautiful wife and her dad telling you that you better just get a job at Home Depot, but we all have that impossible task of figuring out what in the hell we want to do for the rest of our lives. And whenever we decide on it, we have to then follow through and go make it happen. Some people are probably blessed with amazing parents who sit them down and introduce them to all the different paths that life has to offer and then whole-heartedly support them as they meander down the path. That wasn't the case for me.

This post is specifically for all my people who didn't even begin to think about college. For all of you who "are just gonna knock out your generals, then figure it out". I am talking to the people in the back who are STILL trying to figure it out and are working a job that doesn't come anywhere close to realizing their full potential. I see all of you! And I have been there myself.

"I’m at the tippity top of the mountain, but I’m really only halfway up." - Dr. Disrespect

I am nowhere near being done, but I am hoping that I am able to share some of the things that I have learned on the way up.

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao Tzu

Take a step in the right direction. If you are trying to decide whether or not you should do something that would result in self-improvement, do it! We can all sit around and think about thinking about things that might improve our lives. But sometimes you need to stop overthinking things and just start moving in the right direction.

"Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth."" - Mike Tyson

We have all been sucker-punched in the mouth by life at some point in life. Some more than others. You need to be able to get back up and continue to adapt to the situation. Because I promise you, life is gonna slap you in the mouth again at some point. If something didn't work, pivot out of it and keep working.

"Get comfortable being uncomfortable." - Jillian Michaels

(This quote is one of Nikki's all-time favorites) Seek help from people who have already been there. There is no reason for you to bang your head against the wall, when someone has already been there and done that. A lot of people are happy to help you up the ladder. All it takes is for you to get outside your comfort zone for a few minutes and ask for help. Those few second of discomfort could save you from months or even years of discomfort.

So that is probably the end, right? I took that comment to the chin and decided to make something of myself. I was going to stop letting my wife carry the complete financial burden and start supporting both of us, right? HELL NO!!!! I spend the next 3 years thinking I wanted to be a pharmacist, working as a pharmacy tech. "Trying to get my prerequisites for pharmacy school". Then recruited drivers at a trucking company. Then waited til Nikki was 9 months pregnant. And THAT is when I decided to make the leap.

So stop beating yourself up. Make some of that sweet, sweet progress today and give yourself a slap on the back. We need to help each other, and hold that door open for as many people as we can. If I can help in any way or if you want me to hand out some advice i'm probably not qualified to be giving, shoot me a tweet. (@T__MILL)


Software Engineer @ Divvy. Providing a safe place for all my fellow "imposters".

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