I spent my professional career as a leader of change, which you can read about at Christine’s Bio. At age 15, I landed my first job: an elf at the Santa stand in our local mall. I was such a success, my boss promoted me to Easter Bunny in the spring. Here are 5 life lessons that experience taught me:
1. You can’t do it alone.
My mom helped me get my first job at the Santa stand, and without her, I would not have had the opportunity to impress the boss and land the big promotion to Easter Bunny. In addition, you can’t put on the Easter Bunny costume alone. My mom sprinkled the suit with baby powder (her defense mechanism for sweat) and zipped me up. Most importantly, she attached my head. She’s always attaching my head.
2. Get over your frustration.
You can be a total sour-puss inside the costume, but you’d better act like the Easter Bunny on the outside. As a teen full of angst, yes, there were times when bratty kids sat on my lap, and I stuck my tongue out as the picture was snapped. I moaned and groaned Every. Single. Time. I stepped foot inside that stinky, sweat machine called a costume. Regardless, I knew I had to put aside my frustration. Those kids wanted an Easter Bunny not a moody teenager. I was one of the happiest, most outgoing Easter Bunnies that mall ever saw. Damn it.
3. Boredom can lead to your best ideas.
There wasn’t always a lot of foot traffic at the Temple Mall, and things would get pretty boring. My assistant and I handed out candy to the store clerks to spread Easter cheer and kill the downtime. Out of boredom one day, I started acting really silly. I played pranks on my assistant, danced, hopped around, pretended to hide eggs, and chased the moms and dads. The kids loved it and stopped by to observe my antics. Sales increased. The boss was happy.
4. Always surprise and delight your customers.
I wasn’t the only person hired to wear the costume. We worked in shifts. I watched my peers transform into the Easter Bunny and observed what personality they did or didn’t bring to the table. It’s pretty cool when a young kid gets over-the-top excited to see you, aka the Easter Bunny. I wanted to give more. I wanted to see how hard I could make them laugh. I delighted in delighting them. While my boss appreciated the increase in revenue, I simply appreciated the love.
5. When you’re wearing a costume, everyone wants to know who is really inside.
Curiosity always forced people to try to look through the mesh mouth of the costume, which was actually where my face was and the only source of air. If you squinted hard and looked close, you could make out the person behind the mask. As in life, when you aren’t the authentic you, people will never stop trying to peer inside to get a glimpse of the real you.
About Christine Boudreau: From trailer park to country club, Christine’s history proves you can beat the odds and achieve great success. Today, she leads high-potential people through growth, change, and transition to accomplish goals and reach their maximum effectiveness. For more information about her, read Christine’s Bio.
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