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Part I: First Day Blues
Like a lot of kids who grew up in poverty, I received free lunches from my school cafeteria. This happened in school after school as my family kept moving around. Whenever I changed schools, I had to adapt quickly because each had different procedures to follow. In fourth grade, I started midyear at a new elementary school in California’s Sierra Nevada. Each day, students were given a meal ticket for that day’s lunch, which they then traded for their meal. Everyone received a white ticket except the kids who got free lunch; our tickets were yellow. On the morning of my first day, I was already dreading lunchtime.
Part II: Lunch Tickets
A wave of embarrassment washed over me as I received my ticket and slowly realized that my classmates were whispering about that new kid and how he got free lunch. At my seventh new school, I knew that my classmates were going to judge the new kid—they would try to figure me out. And my fourth-grade mind already knew what conclusion they would draw. I was all too aware that any new student had a steep hill to climb before reaching acceptance. And mine would now be steeper. I wasn’t just the new kid, I was the poor new kid. What I didn’t know was how those colored lunch tickets would change the way I see life, and later, leadership.
Many professionals grow exhausted and disenchanted from chasing business gurus and quick-fix formulas. Rather than becoming knock-offs, we must learn to listen to the leadership lessons our lives have been trying to teach us. In “Uniquely You,” coming in 2019, I will share my personal journey, and how it led me to lead uniquely, with you. Preorder your copy today!