While many teens spend their time flipping burgers or cutting lawns for extra cash, Nicholas Tejeda took a different path. Touting his self-created “director of product disbursement” title at his family's pharmacy in Wichita, Kan., he earned more than spending money while delivering prescriptions to customers.
“You learn the value of listening to the patients, appreciating that you might be one of the few people they talk to that day,” Tejeda says. “They look to you for delivering more than a pill.”
Tejeda's father influenced the way he viewed the customers. The patients don't want to be there, he would say, so if you can really listen to their needs and leave them with a smile, it can completely change the paradigm for those visits. “From that, it became very clear that I liked the business side of things,” he says.