Hegwood Law - July 2019



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JULY 2019

MOWING LAWNS ANDWAITING TABLES Lessons Learned FromMy First Summer Jobs

N omatter howmanyworkenvironments and bosses you experience, no one forgets their first job. While people join the workforce at various ages, their first time punching the time clock tends to be quite similar. They feel butterflies anxiously fluttering around in their stomach as they head to the job site, they focus on exuding their most professional and capable demeanor to their supervisor, and they spend that entire first week trying to cram as much information into their brains as possible. They also remember the first time they opened that envelope at the end of the pay period, eyes wide with joy at the thought of spending money they earned completely on their own.

might not be worth the cash, but I still stuck with it for several years.

While I tried my hand at babysitting off and on as a preteen, I landed my first job at a designated establishment at age 14 as a waitress. Then at 16, I was hired as a checker at a grocery store. My experiences in these roles lead me to believe that every person needs to work in customer service at some point — some of the best professional and personal lessons come through working in customer service. You are tasked with putting others’ needs before your own, staying positive even in the most difficult of situations, and, most importantly, learning the value of the golden rule. My mom always preached to us: Treat people how you want to be treated because all people are good until they prove you wrong. That is a lesson I remind myself of daily. When it came to work, my mom taught me many lessons. She raised all of us kids on her own, and I remember her sometimes working three jobs to make ends meet. Watching her finish one shift just to start another taught me a kind of wisdom that many people do not learn until they are an adult: patience. If you want something, you have to work for it first. I held various positions throughout college and law school, but when my oldest daughter was born, I started running my own business from home. Fortunately, the discipline I gathered from a lifetime of working for other people

fueled my motivation, and, while I work on location at Hegwood Law Group now, I’ve never lost the entrepreneurial desire. My oldest daughter is 32 now, and I have worked for myself all those years. Being self-employed certainly has its challenges, but it is far and away the best job I have ever had. I have the pleasure and opportunity to work with the best clients to assemble legal documents to protect what is most important to them. Even after all these years, getting to hear new clients’ stories is honestly the best part of my day. If you know someone who might need a hand or a listening ear, do not hesitate to point them in my direction. I’m happy to help.

"Your first job, as well as any other jobs you held during those important formative years, tend to stick with you for one reason or another."

Your first job, as well as any other jobs you held during those important formative years, tend to stick with you for one reason or another. The very first job I ever had was mowing lawns. I was 9 and, to be honest, I don't remember much else from that time. But I remember mowing lawns. Maybe spending hours upon hours out in that sunny but humid Texas air, pushing the mower and raking up the leftovers, made me realize all that hard work

-Kim Hegwood



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