How I got my Job in a Bank in the USA
I was 25 years old when I got a job at Americas 8th largest bank at the time Washington Mutual Bank. I had bearly been in the USA for a year having arrived in Dallas Texas on Christmas day in 1999.
I went to the USA to do three things.
1. To work for my mentor, pastor and CEO Bishop TD Jakes.
2. To study how and why the USA was so powerful.
3. To run away from my 'small' minded community who could not understand me anymore.
I needed to go away. I was 24 years old and very few could understand me. I spoke about things I needed yet had never seen. Things I felt and saw intuitively yet never been around them. I needed a mentor to verify my faith and to validate my courage. I sought that calibration in Bishop TD Jakes.
When I arrived in the USA I was shocked by the level of discipline and work culture. I understood that I needed to work or else my $6,000 I arrived with on my self-sponsored trip would diminish.
I got odd jobs. I was a waiter at a restaurant chain. I worked at my university Dallas Baptist University. I worked as a cashier at a pharmacy. I washed cars, worked at a supermarket and served as a volunteer at church in security where I later joined as a full time employee. At one point I had four jobs.
So how did I move from being a waiter to bank cashier?
I did my best as a waiter. I smiled and gave my clients the best service. Some of my clients were mean to me. They would laugh at my accent. They said I spoke too soft and too slow and could not hear me. It was painful. I would have times when I wanted to return to Zambia to run away from the very convictions I ran to.
One day I served this family. I gave them my best. Afterwards as they were leaving the man asked me, "Hey Christopher. How would you like to work in a bank?"
I said it would be awesome. He gave me his card and invited me to an interview two days later on a Monday. I cleared my schedule.
Two days after that I was a banker in America.
You can't give up now. You are one phone call away from your breakthrough. You are one customer away from your next level. The greatest catalyst in the changing of your levels will be influenced by your level of servanthood.
Within that year I won the Washington Mutual Bank employee of the year award. When you succeed at your current level you will succeed at your next level.
Mubita C. Nawa