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Lessons Learned by an everyday ordinary girl V.F.Lili Published by FastPencil Page 2
Lesson Learned: Nothing comes from free, hard work and perseverance pays off in the longer term. Throughout high school I played so much sport I was like one of the boys. PE was a favourite subject as was maths (explains why I have always worked with numbers). Cross country, athletics carnivals, swimming carnivals, basketball and netball were all favourite pastimes. My grandad would take me for practice runs, would time my trials and encourage me to continue working towards improving on these. Being born in September and being a Virgo also helped as I was always striving to do better and to improve. This would later work against me but more on that later. I started working at the age of 15 and 9 months which was the legal age to commence working in Australia. My first part-time job was found through a school friend and this was as a waitress at a cafe at a popular lookout at the top of the Wollongong escarpment. The owner would come and pick us up in the mornings on Sundays for our shift. She was the first boss that made me cry and was horrible in front of customers. I lasted two weeks and ended up bursting into tears in the car when mum and dad came to pick me up. That’s when I realised that the right work environment can either make or break a person. Lesson Learned: Always treat people how you would like to be treated. My next part time job was at a Caltex 7-11 petrol station and this is where I met my husband. He was 22 I was 16. I worked part-time after school and on weekends after netball. He worked there full-time and something just clicked between us and I knew we would end up spending our life together. People say that at that age its not love but infatuation but when you know it’s right it’s right. I knew from the start that we were kindred spirits and that we would grow old together. People were very negative about us, told me I was wasting my life and that I would regret it later down the track. My parents weren’t keen due to the age difference. My grandparents on the other hand were excited for us and accepted that we loved one another and this made it a lot easier. His family were different to mine, his upbringing was spoilt, there weren’t many rules and no real boundaries (evident on the fact that he wagged most of year 9). The one thing our families did have in common was that they valued family, manners and values were very important. Lesson Learned: It doesn’t matter how rich or how poor you are values and manners don’t cost anything to instil in your children and to demonstrate yourself. The fact that we valued family and the importance of family meant that we are like two peas in a pod when it comes to how we have raised our family. Raising our two boys has been relatively easy with minimal disagreements. Whilst growing up I stayed with my grandparents quite a lot and I had told them that I wanted to work in a bank. For some reason I had a fascination with counting money and found the role of bank teller glamorous and my ideal occupation. I would count the coins my grandparents would collect in multiple money boxes every Friday when I would go to their place to spend the weekend with them. Never did I realise back then that I would spend most of my career working in the Banking and Finance industry. (mind you never as a teller.) Year 10 was when I really decided what career I wanted to pursue - to be a radiologist. I was lucky that as dad worked at the local hospital he helped me to land my work experience in the Radiology department at the hospital. I fell in love with it immediately. I loved being able to see inside the human body. The radiologist I spent time with was a woman who had gone through a gender transition from being a male radiographer to being female. She was beautiful, honest and hard working and treated everyone kindly and fairly. This showed me that it doesn’t matter who you are or how you’re defined, hard-work pays off in the long run. Lesson Learned: Diversity and Inclusion is important but it should just be a normal part of life and doesn’t define whether someone is good or bad and shouldn’t be seen by companies as something special that they do - it should just be the norm in our community. . . For the rest of this fascinating, down to earth journey download the e-book now from Fastpencil https://fp.fastpencil.com/products/VGDYCENATDVG