My First Job: Jeff Vanlaningham

Written by: Jennifer Gades

Photo by Hillary Ehlen

Your first job. For some, it may have been fun and carefree. For others, it may simply have been a way to get some cash in your pocket. Whether you enjoyed your first job or not, it was likely the cornerstone of your career. This is where we got our first glimpse of the real world, learned how to manage money and maybe even decided what we wanted to do when we grew up and got “real jobs.”

Join Jeff Vanlaningham as he tells us what lessons he learned at his first jobs. These fun and insightful reflections inspired us to delve deeper into the recruitment process.

Jeff Vanlaningham

First Job: T-ball Coach

Current Job: Dream Manager, BNG (A Dream Manager is a person who works with employees to recognize what their individual dreams are and the steps that it will take to achieve them. The employee and dream manager then work together to ensure their dreams become realities.)

10 Lessons Jeff Vanlaningham Learned:

1. I learned the value of $4.25. Work hard and suck it up.

1. Teamwork will outperform individual showboating.

2.Always have fun in whatever you do.

3.An encouraging word always works better than a sharp rebuke.

4. Practice is essential.

5.There are no dumb questions.

6. Put players in a position to maximize their strengths.

7. Being punctual is a sign of respect for the team.

8. Celebrate effort, not winning or losing.

9.Study the obstacles that prevent you from achieving your goals.

10. While there is no crying in baseball, there is in T-ball.

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Jennifer is a University of Minnesota journalism graduate. She has worked in publishing industry as well as in sales and management for over 10 years. Jennifer is currently the Associate Publisher of Fargo Inc!.