Positive Thinking…the story continues

Donna Watkins is now an Administrative Assistant with the Hamiliton Township School district

Okay, this is where we are…There is a job opening for an Administrative Assistant, the person hired will work directly with the Vice President of Marketing; they will have a considerable amount of responsibility for budget reporting, project coordination, and on the spot resolution of daily problems.  We’ve got 14 candidates with either a communications degree or industry experience…and we’ve got Donna Watkins who majored in Dance. So why choose Donna?

Attitude! When asked about her education, she explained her  original intention was to become a dancer; after a knee injury eliminated that possibility, she switched to choreography and staging to utilize the credits she had and get her degree as planned. This response proved three things: first, she was flexible  and capable of adapting to change – a necessity in the fast-paced and rapidly changing world of marketing. Secondly, she was a resourceful problem solver who would do whatever necessary to get the job done on time and with the least possible disruption. Lastly, she had a positive ‘can-do’ attitude.

Donna got the job offer then and there! But, (lol) she responded, “I’d like to think about it!”  Apparently being selected over so many highly qualified candidates caused her to doubt the legitimacy of the offer. Of course, she did accept it and went on to be the cornerstone of the department; someone who met all expectations and then surpassed them. Regardless of what assignment she was given, she tackled it with a smile and lots of enthusiasm…the result? These newfound responsibilities expanded her horizon, provided her with an impressive  list of professional credits and increased her earning ability.

Job seekers, heed this advice: no potential employer is interested in your lofty goals. They want to know how well you’ll fit it, how you’ll help them reach their goals, and whether or not you’re a person who will flourish under increased responsibility or capsize in th first storm. A positive attitude is not something you put down on paper – it’s something that shows in your face. It’s the way you smile and ask questions about the job. Stop trying to bombard your interviewer with non-stop dialogue about you, let the interviewer talk. Smile, nod, show interest and enthusiasm…then let the interviewer reach out to you.

Donna Watkins exemplifies the power of positive thinking. She’s now a wife and mother of two. Life hasn’t always been smooth or easy; her husband, a network administrator, was injured on the job and unable to work for the better part of a year. During that time, she stepped in to ease the financial burden, delivering early morning newspapers in addition to caring for the family. The injury has healed and Donna’s husband is now looking  for a full-time position. With an attitude much like hers, you can be sure  he’ll find one, and the probability is his employer will be just as pleased with him as Bankmark was with Donna.


5 Comments on “Positive Thinking…the story continues”

  1. Karen Bailey February 26, 2010 at 4:37 pm #

    Good morning, Bette,

    We’re Donna Watkins’ parents, retired, and now living in Delaware. How wonderful of you to write this “Positive Thinking” piece on Donna. She truly exemplifies all that you so eloquently embodied in your piece. Thank you.

    Congratulations on your new book!

    Karen and Dan Bailey

    • Bette Lee Crosby February 26, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

      Thanks for message Karen. I meant everything I said – Donna is truly outstanding woman and someone I greatly admire. Please try to read the ongoing story of Cracks in the Sidewalk on the blog – I’m doing this to build up a national following, so every bit of readership counts. You can even subscribe to the blog by clicking on the link “subscribe” and it will send you click on notices when something new is posted.

      Also, please feel free to share this link with all your friends and neighbors.

  2. Dianne Saucyn February 26, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

    Donna is the original “When Life Hands you Lemons, Make Lemonade” girl.

    I have known Donna for the majority of my life. We grew up dancing together and her compassion and sincerity have always been remarkable. I vividly recall the physical and emotional pain of her knee injury; but equally remember her ability to brush herself off and make a plan to move forward.

    I feel honored to count Donna among my dear friends. By leading through example, she consistently reminds me to tap into the power of positive thinking.

  3. KIm Walter February 28, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    I have the Honor of having Donna and her WONDERFUL Family as MY BEST friends and neighbors. You brought tears of Joy to my eyes with your words. I am so glad that someone is able to express her WONDERFULNESS to the world. She IS ALL and MORE!!!! I know because of ALL I see EVERYday. The Behind the scenes …and being a MOm is the main job she has and it is 24/7 for us MOMs with hardly ever a Thank you from anyone all day. Your words are the Lift we all need! Thank you! KIM

  4. Donna Watkins February 28, 2010 at 5:43 pm #


    Thank you for writing this story. When I injured my knee and realized I had to switch gears, it was the “one day at a time” attitude that enabled me to move forward. I have tried ever since then, to open my heart to others and be an inspiration and role model.

    One thing I have enjoyed doing for years, is sending out a “Positive Thought & Prayer Chain” daily to my family and friends. I include a motivational quote, inspiring photo, and include a prayer chain for those in need of prayer. I acknowledge birthdays and celebrations of those who receive the email and at times, include “Watkins Family News.” Everyone knows when the Watkins family is attending a Nova game or rooting for the NY Giants! The “Positive Thought & Prayer Chain” is my passion!

    I am a firm believer in “things happen for a reason” and if it weren’t for my knee injury and change of career, I wouldn’t be where I am today!

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for writing this story. Love you!

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