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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

One Secret of Life

I say one, because there are several, but I feel very generous so I will share one today.

God gives everybody certain gifts.  It is your job to find out what they are and what you will do with them.

The big secret is different for everybody. 

I am Operations Manager at the company I work for.  I do 100% of the hiring at the branch I work for.
One question I ask every person I interview.

"Disregarding Money, Education, Where you need to live, if you could have your dream job, the one thing in the world you would do even if you didn't get paid for doing it, What would that be?"

It's a hard question, if you find the answer for yourself consider yourself blessed.  Immediately plot out what needs to happen to get you from where you are to that point in life. 

If you find this thing, what ever it my be, and you can do it.  You will naturally want to be the best at it.  You will work at it with everything you have.  You will have a passion for it.  It will show in your work.  The excitement level you have when you speak to others about it.  You will have an overwhelming enthusiasm for working towards this goal.  Doing what you love to do and letting that consume the energy of your life is to work towards a higher purpose.  It will change everything.

What is your answer to that question?

For what it is worth, I am a leader, not just a manager.  I ask the question, not to enlighten a candidates purpose in life.  I ask the question to see if they can handle pressure and think about and discuss a hard question in an interview?  Have they ever considered the question?  Did they respond right away with an answer?  Are they sitting there without a clue in the world?  What is their dream?  Can I use this to later motivate this person to rise above anything they have ever done before in their life?  Can I help them get closer to their dream, or will hiring them destroy them in time and crush their spirit?

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