20 years ago, my journey began
The story stars me and not Jackie Chan,
My first job at Sprague, was gopher for Gregg,
I was treated like a Faberge egg.
Do very little and stay out of the way,
Was fine with me I was here for the pay.
Three years later in Spokane
My career was launched, full time began.
The job was hard, the hours were long,
My college answers were increasingly wrong,
A reset was needed, I finished school
And on to sales where rejection is cruel.
A year later with a bit of luck
The Seattle office ran amuck.
Appointed was I to manage the team
It was up to me to develop the scheme.
24 and sure that I knew what to do
I was the man to see it through.
Rebuild from scratch is what I planned
So much stress for my team to withstand.
Along the way I learned from mistakes
Thinking of it now still gives me the shakes.
Emotions and problems are temporary
At the time they made me increasingly weary.
Denver was next, a last minute move
Everyone knew I had something to prove.
Mistakes came fast, so far from home
Learning Colorado with a fine tooth comb.
Home at last, I’m happy to be
Living the life that’s right for me.
20 years ago, the journey began
So many things I’ve learned in this span.
Support is the key along the way
So many people helped me each day.
For each of you, who guided me
I’ll always be your humble trainee.
PS: I’ve been reading A LOT of rhyming books to Sloan recently – hence the free form.