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Your minimum wage job might be your success: PF Weekly Grab a brew #64

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grab-a-brew-online-reviewREFUSE TO GIVE UP


We all want to be successful yet for the average person success comes from hard work and never giving up.

Never giving up are powerful words and I’m sure many of you out there have said them to yourselves time and time again. I know I have.

Whether it was while I was running or having to prepare for a job interview or meeting someone very important and I was nervous like the CEO of my organization.

Preparing your resume is only one part of getting a job, keeping the job and moving up in the company requires a set of skills only you can provide as your negotiating platform for the bosses.

I’ve always tried to be a leader in everything that I do which even includes motivating myself because I believe that success doesn’t come from others strengths it comes from your own.

If you want to be successful in your career you have to get rid of that negative mindset that so many people carry around with them. Remember that we all have problems. It’s how we choose to deal with these problems and whether we allow them to affect out life in a negative way which is key to success.


Negativity hurts


You bet it hurts and if your plans were to be more successful than your parents, to set stepping-stones for your children or for your own satisfaction you MUST get rid of negativity. Nothing ever comes from thinking negative except for failure. Yes, you read that right failure.

You see when we start saying, I can’t, I won’t, I don’t know how, I probably can’t, there is no way or even harsher words you’ve already failed before you began. Success is not built on negativity rather it’s built on elbow grease and positive attitudes.

If you are a follower of this blog you know one of my favourite television shows is Undercover Boss. Why?

The show appeals to both my wife and I because for one our parents both owned businesses when we were younger and if we could go back there would be a million things we’d do differently.

For all we know we’d be the CEO of those businesses by now with what we have chosen to learn over the years from a business perspective and from our current careers.


Grab success


When I was watching Undercover Boss the other day I notice a trend mainly in the USA in minimum wage jobs where the employees knock it out of the park with their enthusiasm.

Throughout the show we learn about how life has given them a bad card, someone has passed away or is very ill, they are in loads of debt or that they want to own their own franchise, business or work at head office.

I’m not lying when I say my jaw hits the floor when I hear these employees show such get up and go for a minimum wage job but you know what, they are happy they even have a job.

In today’s economy it’s tough to get a job with a degree let alone with no degree so appreciating where you are is important. I often say if you don’t like your job, leave so the rest of the employees don’t have to listen to your negative attitude which most times shines through like a bright star.

Feeling sorry for your situation is NOT going to bring success to you. Getting out there and showing the world what you are made of will. One day the right person is going to come along and change your life.

Not everyone in high paying careers have a degree either. Many of them worked their way up, were educated along the way and believed in the company so much that they did anything they could to show the top leaders what they were made of.

Ask anyone on Undercover Boss if they thought that anyone would ever appreciate the motivation they put into their job in the way the CEO of the company has? I bet many will say they didn’t know but dreamed.

Most undercover CEO’s are amazed at how their employees treat their business from a positive aspect and learn of ways to improve by going undercover. That’s a boss you want to work for and someone you should look to as a leader.

If you don’t let them know what your goals are how will they ever know? Don’t be shy, say what you want to say and say it loud with a smile.




If there is one piece of advice I can give and I’m sure many others will it is to always smile. Getting rid of the negative attitude is a start but leading yourself to success starts with-in. You never know who will be your boss one day.

It could be the new guy that just got hired to flip burgers with the infectious laugh and the customers adore him. He may well be running the company one day so if you want to follow him up the ladder you best be showing how much you want more from your career. You get out what you put in, so smile. It won’t hurt you, besides people warm up to you when they see you smile.

If you want someone to remember who you are then smile and don’t be shy. Come out of that shell and if you are shy start working on ways to improve what you really want, to be outgoing and not worried about what others think of you.

Being shy is easy to do but putting yourself out there is certainly a challenge so challenge yourself. Start small and work your way up to something bigger.


Embrace failure as motivation


If you fail don’t let that failure get you down, set new goals and fire away at success again. Use your failures as your motivation to push beyond the threshold that you set for yourself even if others laugh at you.

You might just be the one laughing at the end like, Chief Operating Officer of McDonald’s Tim Fenton who is set to retire this year. Don’t think that he waltzed in the door waving a degree to get that role either. No Tim’s success with McDonald’s came from working his way up from a teen burger flipper in 1973 while living in Utica, NY.

There it goes back to what I said above you never know who might be your boss one day. You also never know if your boss will show up undercover to see if they have the right employees working for them.

I’m pretty sure that if I was undercover I’d be looking for employees that employed the mission and values of the organization, embraced success and believed in the company. There are so many positive words you could pump in here but the best thing you can do is plan your success around what you want in life.

If you are at a point where you aren’t going anywhere find a way to get on the path to your success and don’t stop fighting until you get where you want to be. Sure it may take years, education, new roles and dealing with difficult people but if you want it that bad you’ll work your way through it all.

Have you ever had a minimum wage employee become the CEO or head of an organization where you work?

What type of employee would you be if your boss showed up undercover?

Take a look at the way you act during your shift and if you aren’t smiling, motivating yourself and others then you might want to re-think where you work, talk to a manager about concerns or find a way to improve your attitude so you can become the success you’ve always dreamed of.



Top recipe


Indian style fruit custard


If you don’t already know I have a second Facebook page online called The Free Recipe Depot where I share recipes from other Foodie Bloggers from around the world.

Once a week I pick one recipe that has been submitted as my Top Recipe of the week. Trust me when I say this is no easy task as some of these foodies can cook up a storm.

This week that recipe goes to a food blog called “Poetry of Food” with their Indian Fruit Custard recipe.


Weekly CBB posts


If you missed any CBB posts from the week here is the list of posts you can catch up on reading!



Weekly reads


Every week I share a few of the best personal finance blog posts that I read online over the past week with all of you so please enjoy my top picks.


Well, that’s a wrap for this PF Friday’s Grab a brew #64. Happy budgeting and I’ll see you here again next week when I do it all over again.





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  1. Negativity is so damaging. I learned this a few years ago, when I was stuck in a cycle of negativity and as a result, negative things were constantly happening in my life. I worked my way out of the negative attitude and my life improved so much. I was much more successful because a) people don’t want to be around negative people, and when I changed my attitude, I attracted a larger network, and b) the law of attraction!

    1. That’s true Daisy and some people don’t realize that. It’s best to put on a smile even if you don’t feel like it.

  2. If you work minimum wage you are better off at a big company. Not only do you have that opportunity to climb up but also benefits and perks, and your time is paid to the minute generally so no extra unpaid hours. I would also take a minimum wage job close to home to save on transportation.

  3. I find the people at the grocery store and local Canadian Tire are a pretty positive bunch and it does make shopping a more pleasant experience!!! I am sure the wages at both places are not much more than minimum but these days it’s not that easy to get jobs. In a small town it can be even harder as there are limits on places to apply to. Still we joke around as things are rung through and talk about this and that. There are the odd ones that are not as cheerful and I do try to use another till then. Being a small town you are going to run into the people that work in the stores here and there. Most are quite friendly then as well.
    I remember when the kids were in school going on trips with a class and going to Toronto once…. another Mom and I were talking about it but you see people here in town and everyone smiles as they pass for the most part and come across as very friendly. In Toronto nobody smiled as you passed on the street….nobody….. It was depressing!!!!
    That custard recipe looks good!!! Have a good weekend!!

  4. I do not work minimum wage, not by a long shot, but I was asked the other day by a manager why I work so hard when I make peanuts compared to everyone else in my office. It kind of struck me that CEOs may value my time, but they do not think I should. What an interesting concept!

  5. I work with some very negative people and negativity is very contagious. When I work shifts with some people I am crabby and I don’t care as much about the quality of work that is getting done. When I work with positive people the day flies by and we get a lot done.

    I guess I could try being positive with the Negative Nellies. It will be difficult because they are like a black hole that sucks energy from the work place.

    Thank you for mentioning my post. I am very pleased to have the exposure.

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