As a Hotel Manager there are so many lessons I wish I had learned while I was young enough to appreciate and apply them. The good news is that other people can benefit from my experiences and the lessons I’ve learned (read on or watch the video).

Some life lessons people should learn early on….

Slow Down Often when we’re young Hotel Managers, we feel as though we have to do everything at once. Slow down—don’t rush into things. Let your life unfold. Wait a bit to see where it takes you. Enjoy every bight of food, take time to look around you, let the other person finish their side of the conversation. Rushing full-speed ahead towards anything is likely to lead to a burnout.

You can’t please everyone You don’t need everyone to agree with you or even like you. It’s natural for Hotel Managers to want to belong, to be liked, respected and valued, but not at the expense of your integrity and happiness. Other people cannot give you the validation you seek.

Your health is your most valuable-asset Health is an invaluable treasure, what ever Job you have and which-ever Department you work in—always appreciate, nurture, and protect it. Good health is often wasted on the young before they have a chance to appreciate it for what it’s worth!

You don’t always get what you want No matter how carefully you plan and how hard you work within Hospitality, sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to… and that’s okay. We have all of these expectations; predetermined visions of what our “ideal” life will look like, but all too often, that’s not the reality of the life we end up with.

It’s not all about you You are not the centre of the universe. It’s very difficult to view the world from a perspective outside of your own, since we are always so focused on what’s happening in our own Hotel Life.

There’s no shame in NOT knowing No Hotel Worker has it all figured out. No Hotel Manager has all the answers. There’s no shame in saying “I don’t know” to your staff. Pretending to be perfect doesn’t make you perfect. We all make mistakes and mess up occasionally. We learn as we go, that’s life.

Perspective is a beautiful thing Typically, when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. Everything that is happening in our Hotel seems so big, so important, but in the grand picture, this single hiccup often means next to nothing. The fight we’re having, the job we didn’t get, the thing we wanted, but didn’t get. Most of it won’t matter 20, 30, 40 years from now.

Never take anything for granted We often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone: that includes your health, your family and friends, your job, the money you have or think you will have tomorrow. Nothing in your life is guaranteed to be there tomorrow.

And Finally – Money will NEVER solve your real problems Money is a tool; Money can buy a nice home, a great car, fabulous shoes, even a bit of security and some creature comforts, but it cannot fix a broken relationship, or cure loneliness, and the “happiness” it brings is only fleeting and not the kind that really and truly matters.  Happiness is NOT for Sale.

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