The Most Powerful Assistant in The World
Who is the most powerful assistant in the world?
That would be Reggie Love; President Obama’s personal assistant or “Body Man” in presidential speak but a personal assistant nonetheless.
This reporting by ABC News does a good job of explaining what Love does for his job by listing some of what he carries with him to take care of his boss:
“…an array of small, everyday items, such as a toothbrush, mouthwash, cough drops, aspirin and wet naps.”
A graduate of Duke University and a varsity member of both their basketball and football programs (in addition to being on the Dallas Cowboy football team before being cut), I’m sure helped Love secure a spot working for then Sen. Obama.
What is interesting and relevant for anyone looking to be or already working as an assistant is to read all of the menial and mundane tasks that Love completes for the President of the United States contrasted with powerful politicians, heads of state and celebrities who want to be his best friend since he controls access to the most powerful man in the world.
The same holds true for any assistant. Namely, you will have to complete projects and tasks that you might feel are below your skill level or not worth your time but you need to keep in mind that with the menial tasks comes great access to information and interactions with superiors and outside contacts that will further your career path.
By not letting the small stuff get you down and keeping an eye on the big picture of your job and career path, you’ll be able to have a smile on your face when your boss asks for that wet nap.
You can learn more about Reggie and his job in this NYTimes profile done during the ‘08 campaign.
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