Career Talk #9 – July 2nd, 2020: A Career in the Coffee Business!

A great, big, super huge thank you to our guest today: Shaun Meadows from City Light Coffee!

Today’s show was broadcast live from “City light” Coffee and our guest was the cafe’s manager! I feel that Shaun should really be called a ‘Community Coordinator‘ because this place is not just about coffee it is really about community!

Careers are a funny thing. Shaun said that he didn’t even like coffee that much when he was asked to run City Light. You just never know what opportunity might present itself!

Shaun had a great job at Amtrak but he felt that he was being pulled in a different direction! He took a big chance leaving a position that was very stable and paid well but one of the biggest keys to career sucess today is to keep an open mind to follow your passion and to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are capable of more than we think we are.

Keep track of those things that you love and that you are good at, and know that almost any skill or ability is transferable to other careers and opportunities.

Shaun’s top two keys to running a successful coffee shop are:

1). Relationships, relationships, relationships: People are even more important than the product!
2). Good coffee: Every business and career is built on providing an outstanding product or service.

Today’s quote was: “You can teach an old dog new tricks, but it is not easy.” Keep learning, keep growing, keep an open mind! It’s not about me, it’s about us!