During my time as a Park Ranger, I learned many lessons that still serve me today.
One Ranger taught me how a smile can save your day. In this episode, I tell the story of a Park Ranger who got stuck in an outhouse.
How did she get out? And how does it impact you?
To get the story, you will how to listen to the episode. Below, are the 4 lessons I took from the story.
Patterns are important. There are times when the right processes and procedures will get you out of trouble.
Avoid Patterns. The safety and routine of patterns can keep you from the creativity and ideas you need.
Celebrate. Take teme to celebrate. With so much work to do, we don't celebrate enough.
Smile. If there is one thing we learn from Ranger Sims, it is that a smile can save your day.
On the last episode, John Saccheri joined the show to talk about building a brand based on your personality.
Now, John returns to ask me three questions.
What did you do before you do what you do now?
Financial Analyst. I measured interest rate risk for a commercial bank. This job was as exciting as it sounds. But it did give me a strong background in numbers, which serves me well today.
Park Ranger. Becoming a park ranger was the fulfillment of a boyhood dream. I would not be who I am today without having been a park ranger.
Marketing Manager. This job was the catalyst for launching my own business to help businesses with marketing.
John asking this question reminds me, your background is not as important as you think it is. People are concerned with what you are doing now and what direction you are heading. Your background is not as important as you fear. Or as important as you hope, depending on how you look at it.
Don't let your background get in your way.
When was the last time Lee Cockerell surprised me with something he said on Creating Disney Magic?
Although I do know what direction each episode of Creating Disney Magic will go, every once in a while I am surprised. As an example, we did an episode where we talked about people who get by doing as little as possible while they wait for retirement to arrive. Lee's opinion on the topic was stronger than I expected it would be. You can listen to that episode here.
How important is family?
This could either be the easiest or hardest questions anyone has asked. Easy because my family is the most important thing in my life. Hard because how do I explain it? Well, I do my best on the episode to explain what family means to me.