January's featured Muddy's guiding principle is Constant Learning and Improvement, an especially meaningful concept to our guest post writer, Midtown customer service gnomie Brittney.
"Constant learning and improvement." What might seem like just few words to others, is actually a source of inspiration for me. When I started working at Muddy's last February, I recognized that this is not a just a principle that guides my work, it can actually guide my everyday life.
I usually use the beginning of the year to make resolutions, but we all know how those end up going. Instead, I've decided to use this fresh start as a time to reflect on everything I've learned and how I can improve myself and my work.
Being able to work at Muddy's has been one of my favorite parts of last year. While I definitely feel super cool when customers recognize me outside of work, that's not even the best part. I've been able to make some pretty great friendships during my time here and it makes me strive to be a better resource for all of my coworkers.
I've learned so much from my training days and have been able to improve on my work. Taking that initiative makes everything so smoother for everyone. If I can make my coworkers' lives easier by making those improvements, then it's definitely worth it.
I love the versatility of this principle. I find ways to use it in my everyday life too! Because I worked so hard for the past two years, I'm able to graduate this fall. While I get congratulated on my accomplishment, I've learned that I need to chill out for a bit and focus on doing things that make me happy! Like finishing my novel, for example.
Writing this book has been the death of me, but it's also been one of the most rewarding experiences I'll ever have. Last year I really made great progress and, at 30,000 words, I'm on track to finish the rough draft in February! However, I've learned that writing can be a full time job. You just can't see it that way. So, this year, I've made it my goal is to improve my mindset about finishing the novel and remember why I started the book in the first place!
I still have quite a bit of learning and improving to do, but having this guiding principle at the forefront of everything really helps me out. I'm so grateful that Muddy's has not only given me the chance of living my dream of working in a bakery, but has also given me the opportunity to better myself. You don't get this type of inspiration at any job. I guess it's just a part of the Muddy's magic.