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I worked at the Downtown YMCA for 10 years â€“ from 1993 to 2003 â€“ in various capacities. I started out handing out keys and towels at the membership desk, and ended up the assistant membership and marketing director. Somewhere along the way, I picked up a certification as a Spinning instructor and I taught Spinning â€“ now called indoor cycling â€“ for six or seven years.
Prior to my employment at the YMCA, I didnâ€™t think I'd feel much of a connection there considering I was not an "M" nor a "C," but it turned out that the Y offered me extremely valuable insight into myself and others. Today, I still think about some of the lessons I learned during my decade at the Y and am forever grateful for the experience.
First of all, here is what I learned about myself from working at the Y:
People will judge you based on your job. I spent years standing behind a desk â€“ wearing a dorky Y polo and a name tag â€“ handing out locker keys to people who worked and / or lived in the Downtown area. Consequently, I interacted with some of the cityâ€™s most powerful and prominent individuals. Most of the Y members were really cool to me and some are still friends today. Others, however, didnâ€™t find it necessary to acknowledge me in any way, day after day, and a few others were downright rude. Today, OnMilwaukeeâ€™s offices are Downtown, not far from the Y, so I still see people from my key-dispensing days and I never forget those who treated me with respect and kindness â€“ as well as those who didnâ€™t.
Managing people is hard. After I graduated from college, I was promoted from the girl who handed out the keys to the girl who managed the people who handed out t…Read more...