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In some way, we are all living a life that reflects one of the following statements:
“The world is a scary place, so I’ll just look after myself and hope that I don’t get hurt.”
“I don’t have anything to offer, I couldn’t possibly make a difference in the world.”
“Maybe it’s possible, but I’m not ready yet. Maybe I can do something meaningful in a few years when I’m older/wiser/more educated/the kids have moved out.”
“Perhaps I can make a difference in the world, I just need the right opportunity to appear.”
In a garage somewhere, iconic businesses such as Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Mattel and the Walt Disney Company started.
In a garage somewhere, great bands such as INXS, the Who, Nirvana and Creedence Clearwater Revival started.
In each of the above cases, people started with an idea, tinkered around for a while and developed the skills that would make them household names.
In the second half of last year, we converted half of our garage into a home office.
It has become a great location to meet clients and write in, with everything that I need to work from. I just need to provide the lofty dreams, the ideas and the willingness to work on my craft.
Do you have a garage or somewhere else where you can start to work on your dreams?
Do you have a dream or goal?
Is there something meaningful that you want to do with your life?
Do you want to write a book?
Assist people in need?
Start a business?
Share an important message?
Become a leader?
Build a brand?
How many grains of sand does it take to make a beach?
How many drops of water does it take to make a lake?
How many blades of grass does it take to make a meadow?
How many small pebbles does it take to make a mountain?
How many stars does it take to make a night sky?
Through my business, I hear many of my clients use the phrase, “I’m looking for a new challenge,” when describing why they are moving on from their current role.
Then, when they talk about the next role that they would like to go for, it seems remarkably similar to the job that they are looking to leave.
There are no additional responsibilities, no opportunities to utilise different skills, no stretching of boundaries.
In essence, when they use the phrase, “I’m looking for a new challenge,” they’re really saying, “I’m bored, surely anything else must be better than this.”
Nahum of Bratslav once said:
“When I appear before the Heavenly tribunal and I am asked, ‘Why did you not lead your people like Moses?’
I shall not be afraid.
‘When I am asked, ‘Why were you not a David who worshiped me and shepherded your people?’
I will be calm.
‘When they query, ‘Why were you not Elijah who spoke the truth and brought forth justice?’
Even then I will not shake.
“Ah, but when they ask, ‘Nahum, why were you not Nahum?’
It is then I will tremble from head to toe!”
Let’s be honest, even the most optimistic of us occasionally find ourselves in a bad mood. (See my 95% optimism rule)
It could caused by your bratty kids, a bad day at work or perhaps you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed.
Perhaps it makes us feel as though we’re going to explode in rage.
Or maybe we feel trapped by our circumstances and get depressed.
Sometimes we just feel jealous of the achievements of others, giving us a feeling of inadequacy or underachievement.
Despite our best efforts and positive self-talk, all of us can fall into a foul mood, making the world seem darker and drearier.
When preparing for a job interview, the obvious thing to focus on is finding a way to confidently and articulately respond to the questions that you suspect will be asked.
However, as in any other conversation between people, there are other, unspoken questions that hiring managers and recruiters are asking themselves at the same time.
If you can get the answers to these questions right, you are well on your way to being successful with your application.
So, what are the questions that hiring managers ask themselves?
Do you remember the person who gave up?
Do you remember the person who never took a risk?
Do you remember the person who stopped learning?
Do you remember the person who wandered aimlessly from day to day and job to job?
Do you remember the person who thought that it was OK to be average?
Do you remember the person who never aspired to anything?
Starting a new venture or creating a new habit can be terrifying.
What if I fail?
What if no-one likes it?
What if people criticise me?
And so, too often, we choose to do nothing, feeling safe in the misguided perception that it’s not worth the effort or stress.