In the summer of 2010 I was working as a pool server at Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne. The 2008 financial crisis had ended my career in commercial real estate and the best job and most stable source of income that I could find was as a server. It was both physically and psychological challenging, as in a few short months, I went from a comfortable desk job with business luncheons and cocktail parties to serving well-to-do people, outdoors, in the hot sun. I felt like a failure. I felt ashamed. But I remember a very specific day.
In the hospitality industry the busiest days are holidays and often weekends. And I worked them all. I remember watching the fireworks on the 4th of July from the beach of the Key Biscayne property. I was exhausted. My skin was dry and sunburnt. My sneakers and socks were peppered with sand from running back and forth along the beach and pool area taking orders and cleaning up cups, plates and flatware. How many more weekends and holidays would I work???
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I had no idea. But I knew this. I knew that one day I would be on vacation with my own family, eating food, having drinks, swimming and watching fireworks. And this week, eight years later, it happened.
It turns out, that the worst thing that happened to me professionally, opened the door to opportunities that made me who I am today. The #marriott international corporation was the greatest company I ever worked for. Shortly after beginning my employment I joined their credit union and set up a savings account. Within 30 months I paid off my debt and had saved over $12,000. I also came to realize that my pursuit of living a fitness lifestyle wasn’t just what I was meant to be personally, but also professionally. 😁😁😁
In the past ten years I’ve gone from being a failed real estate broker, to a pool sever, to earning a masters in Applied Exercise Physiology from #columbiauniversity in the city of New York. I’ve earned the distinctive #CSCS certificaion from the #NSCA and launched a career modeling in NYC. #nevergiveup