She told me I was great with the customers. She then informed me that I was arriving late for work and that it would be a problem if I continued to do so.
Good news, bad news. When I offered a few reasons why I was late, she shot them down quickly and told me, “no excuses.”
I defended, she parried. I tried again. Same thing. Then … I got it.
No more excuses.
From her, I learned I was responsible for getting myself to work on time. It did not matter that I was a single mom. It did not matter if I had to take a bus. Nothing mattered, but my clocking in on time. No matter what. Period. And moreover, I needed to get to work on time with a good attitude and ready to contribute all I could.
What she did for me is called constructive criticism and was designed to help me develop better habits.
Because of those lessons, being on time is a part of my work ethic today. It prepared me to work independently so I could handle my own work schedule when I left retail and stepped up into a career as a sales rep and did not have to report to anyone. I made all my calls and then an extra one. When I moved into owning my own business it laid the foundation for me to work from home where I not only handle my own schedule but had to teach time management to others.
Funny how those early lessons have long-term benefits.