Cream Rises To The Top (1/18)

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I spent summers in high school and college working at Noah’s Ark Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. One of the park’s owners, Turk Waterman, was someone I really looked up to and who taught me a lot about customer service, business, and being a good person. One rainy day we were having a conversation about my career.

Even 20 years later, I can still hear his words: “Cream rises to the top, Aimer.” His encouragement has come back to me many times when I’ve had setbacks in my career or life, and I remember that, no matter how big the challenge, if you keep working hard, it will eventually pay off and you will eventually rise to the top.

Contributor: Amy M. Gardner, Certified Professional Coach with Apochromatik at

Written by James Metcalfe

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