There are lessons we can apply to job search from Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.
I’m here today with job search lessons from the World Series. 1st of all, congratulations, Cubs fans. You can waiting a long time for this.
Here are a few things that came out in the aftermath.
I would start off with the big one… The big take away from the series…
After the game, Jon Lester was talking about “the curse.” Lester came in during the middle of the game to pitch relief, something he hasn’t done a long time, talked about the curse. He said, “The curse is an excuse that you use for why you were not good enough.”
Catch that one.
The excuse that you’re not good enough.
For you as a job hunter, you are going to be turned down for jobs. If you’re in business, there are deals that you are working on their not going to come through. Then, you blame other people, you blame circumstances… You blame things. You just aren’t good enough and need to get better. You have practice to do.
If you’re in business, you have work to do to figure out what it was in your proposal didn’t work for the client.
Maybe it’s you and you didn’t sell well enough. Just recognize that there are excuses that you use. When you stop and think about it, you can buy the bull, because at the end of the day, you have to live with the consequences and need to get better.
If your job hunting, were in business for yourself, you need to practice your presentation until your phenomenal at it, so no one can turn you down. You can learn. You can get better.
Teams. Don’t win the World Series without talent and most major league teams have great talent on their roster but they need to work together in order to become champions.
Another thing that happens is that people get inspired.
Here are The Cubs, down 3 games to one and they are working their way back. Grinding. They are trying to win each inning in order to win a game. Inning by inning, working hard.
We get to Game 7, they are up big early, the score is tied, they are losing and they need a reminder. The reminder from Jason Hayward reminded them of how good they were all season… You can read the story online or in a newspaper.
The fact of the matter is that you are going to be turned down at times and you will need to suck it up, learn your lessons, know that you are good and move on.
There is no disrespect intended for the Indians. They played a great series. This is just about The Cubs here. Sometimes, there was a small difference between winning and losing.
There are stories about Anthony Rizzo playing “The Rocky” music for the last three games. “Rocky” is the story about the difference between being a club fighter and a champion. It’s hard work and, in 1 of the movies, they use the example of
Rocky training for a fight and, as presented in the movie, this superhuman Russian character played by Dolph Lundgren training for his fight.
There are small differences between being a champion and coming in 2nd. The Cubs played to win. They pulled it together. There is a small difference between winning and losing. Game 7. 8-7 final score in extra innings.
What can you take from this game?
Do you think employers are trying to help you?
You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.
The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.
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