Sunday, January 29, 2012

Job tip of the week - Jan 29th, 2012...Be stupid enough to try

I'm pretty fired up this week so you'll have to just bear with a bit more snark than normal but I really think this blog will do you right.  The advice - Be stupid enough to try....  This might sound like crazy advice but I've been following this advice for ages.  A few examples:

- I moved to Washington DC with "no job and no clue" as I like to say....but knew I wanted to work in politics.  After four months of unpaid internships, crazy night jobs and some excellent connections...I was working on Capitol Hill

- I wanted to work at badly actually, I applied for a job in Zurich.  After the shortest interview ever (I bombed both questions) the recruiter asked me if I'd prefer a role in!  Six years later I'm still loving it.

- Just this week....I was looking for Super Bowl tickets.  So, I tweeted out asking if anyone out there had a pair I could buy.  15 minutes later, I'm going to the Super Bowl.  No joke.

See, being a little stupid (or crazy or whatever adjective you'd like) can give you just enough of a push to really try something you'd NEVER try if you were thinking straight...but just might land you the opportunity or job of a lifetime.  Trust me, it's worked for me and it will work for you.

More later this week....



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  2. This post really strikes me. This is exactly what slows me down. I feel it's analogous to a quote from Mark Twain(or Will Rogers depending on who you ask). "Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is." I need to get out of my head, put myself out there, and take the chance of accelerating or being the same. The downside of looking a little foolish really is insignificant in the long run.

  3. makes me think the same when I have my dream job on my mind... :)