Here on the Kids’ Content Team, we all work under the watchful eye of Nick P. He is a leader, mentor and a darn good griller, despite the fact that he is only working with one and a half thumbs. Nick’s path to greatness started off in an odd way. He was born two weeks early, but still weighed in at an enormous 14 lbs. Stories have been told that he was born with a full beard on his face and a spatula in his hand.
When Nick was 3 years old his right thumb was crushed by a steel door and he was never the same. He was forced to use his left hand to complete his everyday tasks while ol’ stumpy healed. To this day, Nick can use both hands equally, which if you ask me is just plain creepy. He claims that he eats with his right hand, throws with his left, plays tennis and ping pong with his right, writes with his left and can swing a bat either direction, but I don’t actually believe that he plays tennis.
Nick never let his stump slow him down. At one point he was on a swimming team, a diving team, 3 soccer teams, a football team and a baseball team at the same time. His parents were forced to tell him to pick a sport and go with that one. In Nick’s free time he enjoys going to see live music, particularly jam bands. He has been to over 70 music festivals and 40 Phish shows and still claims that he is not a hippie. He also enjoys haggling with hippies and people in general. He has one word of advice-never pay full price in an open market over-saturated setting.
In all seriousness, Nick loves the Kids Content Team and the Kids Content Team loves Nick. I asked him what he likes most about working at Zappos, which is definitely a hard question for everyone who works here. Here is what he said, “The thing I like the most about Zappos is waking up in the morning and still liking my job after nearly 3 years. Most people go to work because they have to and they do so every day with a chip on their shoulder. Maybe it’s just a means to an end for them. Maybe they hate their job and just see it as a paycheck. I like being able to honestly say that coming to work is something I like to do. I feel like what I do makes a difference and I truly enjoy what I do.”
Beautiful and so touching.
Now I’m sure you understand why I say: Thumbs are overrated!