It was in my mother’s garage. A trumpet. We have no clue where it came from. We took it to the band teacher who said, “That’s a nice old German trumpet. It should be cleaned and fixed.” We still don’t know where it came from.
The trumpet may play beautiful music again. It only takes up space and makes noise until its value is accurately assessed. Then a master appears and music dances in the air.
Two things about jobs to learn from this.
- You have skills that still are waiting to be discovered. I don’t know what they are. If something comes easily to you, if you see things others don’t, then you need to explore those skills and where they lead. Unexpected gifts should be tested and developed.
- Other people have great potential to fix the very problems you can’t get your arms around. The person who can help may already work in your office. They only need some training and an opportunity. Give them that opportunity and you have changed their lives. Plus, they’ll work cheap for a while. Look around you for talents others are not using. You don’t have to be a manager to help people develop skills.
Are you the trumpet or the band teacher who can spot a great trumpet?
Something To Do Today
Take a fresh look at your personal skills. What do you pick up most quickly? What do you see or hear that others can’t fathom?
Also take a fresh look at the people around you.
Nest week: Brass knuckles and the law (and resumes and interviews)
I only allow reality on my desk
Double your value, make more money
Please discriminate against me
Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. (Coolidge)
Frank’s interview was postponed, no date set. I wasn’t able to set up the interview. I couldn’t get him a “yes.” I couldn’t get him a “no.” His resume was in limbo. So Frank said to himself, “What have I got to lose?” Frank called the VP of HR (Human Resources) at the company every day or two. For weeks he called. Usually he left no message. Frank just called, got voice mail and hung up. Finally the VP picked up his phone. Frank was enthusiastic about the company and the opportunity on the phone. No whining. No complaining. An interview was set up. Frank performed a miracle using the power of persistence.
The facts that made it work:
- He was excited about this opportunity. This particular one.
- Abject failure was given a cost. No new job.
- A price was paid. Regular calls.
- Presentable persistence, not pestilent persistence, was employed.
- Enthusiasm was generated for every call. He knew he’d get through one day.
- He sold himself from the VP’s point of view. No whining, just positives.
If you really want a new job or promotion, you often just have to keep trying. You have to make a positive impact through your persistence. When your opportunity finally comes you have to be ready to pursue it like it is the first time you tried. You have to be all positive.
One last thing to consider. While you are being persistent, continue preparing. Learn something new every day that applies to the job or promotion you want. Win by superior preparation AND persistence. That’s the sweet spot where home runs are hit.
Something To Do Today
Today is Opportunity Assessment Day. It is Christmas and the New Year is coming up.
What job or promotion are you aiming for? Do you really want it? Really? Do you want to do the work or do you just want the prestige?
If you really want the JOB, the WORK and the opportunity, make a list of things to do every day to prepare. Now do it.
Is there an opportunity you know of? Now figure out how to be presentably persistent in chasing that opportunity. Do it.