#LearnedInTexas: Employment Advice Absorbed in Texas for Employees Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Group of multi-ethnic business partners discussing ideas

You may remember I blogged "Employment Advice Learned in Japan" about a year ago, days before moving from Japan to Texas. Well, one week ago my husband completed his year-long military training program in San Antonio and we moved to Delaware. [Any Delawareans reading this? Let me know!].

As I sit here in my hotel room in Delaware, my mind transports me to Texas, my home state. Vast land, many a cattle ranch, helpful people, big hair [not knocking it, I’m currently rocking it], several large cities (including San Antonio), and a variety of cultures within. San Antonio felt like a vibrant patchwork quilt to me; beautifully celebrating and showcasing Mexican culture, cowboy culture, suburbia, Texas pride, military life, trendy hot spots, and more. It was exciting and endearing; I would re-do that "military tour" (as we call it) in a heartbeat.

It only seems fitting to reflect on the employment-related advice I absorbed while there:

  • I noticed such a variety of cultures within Texas in general and in San Antonio; it was a picture of diversity done well. We came together with common goals and a strong sense of community, yet we celebrated each other’s strengths and variety. We didn’t have to be the same to get along; we were ourselves and it was admired. So remember, embrace others and embrace who you are (even your visual impairment).
  • Be confident. As a native Texan, I can tell you all about Texas pride. Some would argue it’s a little heavy on the confidence, so remember to remain humbly confident.
  • I’d say Texas is known for its friendliness. The people are warm and inviting. This reminds me of JW Marriott’s words on those he hires: "We hire friendly, and we train technical." You can see why general friendliness is a dealmaker or a deal breaker.
  • Find yourself a community. Sure this wasn’t so much Texas, but my experience in Texas. I had a group of friends like never before. I’ve always had a good friend at each military base, but never a "tribe". Let me tell you, we were a diverse group who enjoyed life together. It improved my overall quality of life and ability to function at work. Happier self; happier employee. Make the effort to find your tribe and remember you are a part of the AFB community.

So, where do you live, and what employment advice can you gather from your area? Enlighten us!