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What Is MSU and Is It Something I Do? (VIDEO)

I was listening to an interview that Marc Miller did for the “Repurpose Your Career” podcast when Marc used the term, “MSU.” Do you MSU?


I want to give Marc Miller credit for coining the term, "MSU." As I was listening to his podcast today, "Re-Purpose Your Career," his podcast is geared toward career changes generally later in their career, rather than earlier. He used this term today on a show that I thought was absolutely delightful.

What is MSU and that my afflicted by it?

MSU is, "Make Stuff Up." Job hunters and business people are guilty of making stuff up to kid themselves in so many different ways. Job hunters do that all the time by deluding themselves and reading between the tea leaves, rather than ever confirming their interpretation of what is actually taking place. For example, a job hunter goes on an interview and they think they a state because they were there for 40 minutes but they didn't notice that the interviewer's eyes were glazing over.

Business people do it all the time as well. Business people do it all the time by making stuff up about how close they are to a sale or by how someone responded to their presentation or that the employee was really on board with what they told them.

Unfortunately, when you make stuff up. The only person that you are kidding is yourself. You job hunters have no idea what is going through an employer's mind. You think your a mind reader and just make stuff up because you want to believe that you did well. Then, when you get feedback that you were turned down, you react by saying, "Huh? What happened?" And act like it was a big shock.

You are better off being neutral after the interview, rather than speaking when you don't have definitive word back after your interview about how you did.

As a business owner, energy doing the presentation? "I did well on my side but I don't know yet how well it was received on their side. They didn't really speak about their agenda all that clearly and thus , when you say you did well on the presentation, you are making stuff up and it feels good until the disappointment hits.

Stop making stuff up. If you don't know, simply say that you haven't heard from them as to what their thoughts are. "From my side, I think I did pretty well but until they tell me, I don't really know. There may be factors outside my control that will determine whether or not I get the sale."

So stop making stuff up. It fools. You and hurts other people and disappoints them when you tell them that you did better than what you ultimately did. Let me explain that remark.

If you think you did well. You tell people that you did well and then have to come back to people and say, "They didn't buy from me," or "They weren't interested in interviewing me again," what's the message that you're telling that person or other people about your ability to recount events? They start distrusting your feedback because they learned is not really credible. After all, you said you did well, but you're not getting an offer or an invitation for another meeting, etc., and as a result, all you do is cause them to have their eyes glaze over because you are teaching them that you are not an accurate reporter.

Again, stop kidding yourself. Be honest and when you don't have feedback from the client, don't talk about it. "I think it went well, but until I hear from them, I don't really know how well it went."

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.


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3 thoughts on “What Is MSU and Is It Something I Do? (VIDEO)

  1. LOL @ 3:45. … that thumb-jig that you did was funny. Went on an interview a couple of weeks ago and I was doing that same jig.  They never called back. And I send thank you notes and follow-up emails.

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