So, I’m watching this movie titled “Second Act” which stars Jennifer Lopez as the character Maya Vargas, a supermarket assistant manager who wants a promotion after 15 years of using her skills which led the company into having increased sales and rising revenue with her amazing marketing strategies. After losing the promotion to a “college-educated” candidate, Mya becomes upset and frustrated and decided to quit her job leaving the company in a bind. She went on to further prove that “street smarts” are just as valuable as “book smarts.”
What’s the moral of the story? Well, what I got from it while having a somewhat similar experience minus the horrible boss and wanting a promotion. It was more at trying to find an employer who would accept my experience and certifications and licenses that most college graduates had not obtained. But because they got their book experience from a reputable college/university, it was much easier for them to get their foot in the door.
“I wish we lived in a world where street smart equals book smart.”
At the end of the movie, Maya Vargas ends up proving that you don’t need someone else to acknowledge your skills if you believe in yourself. So what did she do? She started her own company in which she partners with other supermarkets, yes including the one who didn’t believe in her ideas.
As I mentioned previously, there are similarities in Maya’s and my story, and it’s that we both started businesses that cater to our expertise.
So remember this, believe in yourself and have the courage to create your own space.