Read this article today, and had some thoughts I wish to write it here. By the way, Richard, I’m a fan of yours!
I once went into an interview many years ago, and needless to say, I kinda “flunked” it. A series of ambiguous questions were given to me, and my answers were – from an optimistic perspective – not very much what a manager looking for “yes man” would want to hear. In short, I failed the interview – according to him – because my answers were not what he wanted, instead of perhaps, I don’t know, discuss with me what were my views, and also letting me know what were his.
My opinions were never a concern for him, but his was. He was finding someone who would do as he say, right or wrong.
I left the room feeling kinda down – after all it was a pretty big firm that most job seekers would love to be given a chance to join. But when I recalled what took place, I felt more glad than upset that I did not get the job.
I’m just not a “yes man”, and that makes me a less than pleasurable guy to work with for the managers who are looking at nothing but stable job and income. I am sure I’d be going to stir their self-perceived bucket of clean water with mud settled at the bottom for years that they might have selectively chosen to ignore.
While he was interviewing me, I was interviewing him too. And I count my blessings that I did not get to work with him, and that makes me where I am – running few setups at the same time, counting my money in the bank and making friends with my clients.
Am I tired? You bet I am. Am I overworked? Well, sometimes I just can’t get to sleep with all those thoughts in my mind.
But what do I hold in my hands?
My own future.
Andy Lawson is the average man on the street that you’ll not even trouble yourself looking at him if he passes by you. He’s sensitive to bullshit, and he hates mediocrity in most people. He is the author of his self-published book: Facts and Fiction of Fengshui: Facts that Masters are NOT Telling You. He doesn’t have Facebook or Twitter, because he hates to be associated with people who tend to be passive-aggressive online, but he does have a very limited set of vocabularies, terrible grammar, a twisted mind that makes himself God in his own twisted world and an ability to communicate with people who wish to be his friend.