Often a single event can dramatically alter the degree of one’s socioeconomic achievement. And here is just one example:
I had dropped out of college and was working as a cocktail server at a casino. The sections that we served rotated daily so I would work with different girls everyday. I walked into my designated service bar one night and saw that I would be working with all older servers. As I looked around the bar at the women in their sixties wearing mini skirts and carrying heavy trays of drinks I decided that wasn’t going to be me. I got back in school the next semester, graduated, and I am now employed as a tax accountant with a local accounting firm. I’ll finish up the CPA exam this fall. I look back at that moment in the service bar as the turning point in my professional life.
For this young woman, even the rigorous requirements of studying accounting somehow seemed less demanding when compared to the treadmill existence of being a rank and file service provider.