Two things inspired me this week. The latest viral video by someone I don’t know, but think maybe I should. And a reader who contacted me because he desperately wants a job with a startup.
And I think both will inspire you.
For the last week, one of my readers has been emailing me about his quest to land a job at a startup. His background, from what I can see, is fairly corporate. Fairly standard. But his attitude is all startup.
He doesn’t just want a startup job. He wants a job with a specific startup. Quirky. No that’s not a reference to him, that’s the company’s name; Quirky.
If you don’t know Quirky (I didn’t) it’s a very cool, you-invent-it-here, site. People submit new product ideas and Quirky helps them come to life. Then they sell them online. And maybe elsewhere, I don’t know.
What I do know is that my reader is doing it all right. His emails are filled with language like “the company does something I whole hearted believe in” and “I left my job with [redact large corporation’s name] and all their sought after benefits because I wanted a career where I could think for myself, and my will was all that came between me and what I could achieve.”
Nice stuff. In fact, great stuff. Great, startup stuff.
The Right Stuff
He’s backing up all the right talk with all the right actions. He didn’t just apply on the company’s website; he Tweeted the CEO directly. He didn’t just send in a resume; he wrote an action plan for how he could immediately help the company. And, when he didn’t hear back right away; he FedExed his plan right to the CEO.
Way to go [redacted reader name]. Way to go.
So, in honor of [redacted reader name]’s courage to make such a major change in his life, and to do it so boldly, I’m sharing this inspirational video by [not redacted, just don’t know his name].
It’s about new beginnings, and moving forward, and good stuff like that. My favorite line:
“There’s no need to sharpen my pencils anymore, my pencils are sharp enough. Even the dull ones will make a mark.”
Good luck making a mark [redacted reader name]. I know you will.
Pssst- know anyone at Quirky? Help [redacted reader name] out and send them this way. Don’t know anyone at Quirky? Why not just offer up some words of job search encouragement for [Redacted reader name] in the comments. I know he’ll appreciate it.
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