Being a waiter feels like a life time ago. If I remember correctly, I started waitering when I was in second year of university and it lasted right until the start of Internet Solutions (IS). I also used to work in the flea market on weekends and about a year before IS there was a programming gig called Prancer Technologies. I had a lot of fun being a waiter and met some cool people. The thing about a restaurant shift is when it is over you can switch off and rest your feet and your head. Not the same when you get into the world of corporate work.
Being a waiter is humbling and this Anthony Bourdain quote that Dimitri from PYGIO sent me resonates in a big way. Waitering teaches you many life lessons which help you when managing corporate expectations. Always write everything down and make sure you got it all down correctly. Looking after people is fundamental in any service business, be it in a restaurant or in customized software development.
“To be kind is more important than to be right. Many times, what people need is not a brilliant mind that speaks but a special heart that listens.”