If everything seems under control,
you are just not going fast enough.
– Mario Andretti
I recently read this Business Insider post on Hunter S. Thompson’s brutally honest cover letter to the Vancouver Sun . He is crass and arrogant. Most of all, he is utterly himself.
My company is growing and receiving resumes, cover letters and interviewing prospective team members is a part of my job. I find that process so interesting. I like stories and each of these job applicants is telling me their story. Some stories are better than others and some stories are just told better than others.
That Hunter S. Thompson letter reminded me that in so much of our lives, we just need to be honest about who we are. Whether you are trying to land a job or dating or meeting a new friend, the best way to make sure you get the right position/mate/buddy… is to present yourself as yourself.
Most jobs these days can be trained but is the culture, the workload or are your potential coworkers the right fit for you? If not, in a few weeks, months or years you will be bored, frustrated and looking to jump ship.
Same goes for dating. If you go into a relationship pretending to be something you are not, expressing interests in things you think your mate likes but that you don’t… after the distractions have come and gone (planning a wedding, honeymoon, starting a family), what will you have left? You won’t have the common interests, likes or values you had because they were embellished in the first place.
Look at my unfortunate husband. He got the straight talk version of me and for some reason still accepted. Good days, bad days, crazy days and perfect days… this is what the poor bastard signed up for. We know we share similar interests, have the same values and we have the same horrible sense of humor. When our good looks and busy lives are gone – we will be stuck with each other and I look forward to that.
When I interviewed for my job (5 years ago) I said all the wrong things, wore the wrong thing and failed the written test… but I got the job. I was myself and apparently I was what they needed. I was what this company was looking for.
Pretending to be someone else or what you think someone else is looking for will only get you so far. Be honest with who you are. The relationships and the journey will be so much more fulfilling.
If you think you can use me, drop me a line.
If not, good luck anyway.
Sincerely, Hunter S. Thompson
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
– Abraham Lincoln
Holy smokes am I learning a thing or two about how much (or how little) you can cram into a single day. Now if only I could figure out when to run and when to blog with this new crazy schedule. Hmm…
“Wouldn’t life be boring if you were married to a man
who said all the right things all the time”
– My husband
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is breaking down your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
– Mark Twain
Holy crap I had a good weekend AND I got SO much done at the house. I have been a bit overwhelmed with house projects lately and it was paralyzing. I finally had to sit down, work through what needed to be done and put in order how they had to be done. Once I had a plan, I got more done in a day than I thought I could do in a week. I needed a plan and to unplug for a day and got it done.
Now I will tackle the next items on the list but with a new found energy because I feel way more in control than I did at the beginning. Woohoo!