About a year ago I decided to put in an application to work for Dave Ramsey. I figured it was a long shot, but hey, you’ll never know if you don’t try, right?
So I created a little micro-website for my resume and submitted the application. Being a web designer, this was pretty easy for me and lined up with the job position quite well. It also helped to set me apart.
Roughly a week later, I got an email from them wanting to setup that interview, which then turned into two, three and so forth. In case you don’t know, they do about 14 interviews on average before they hire someone.
So finally, after a couple months of the madness, they flew me and my wife up to Tennessee and I had several interviews in person that next day.
Now, you have to understand something. We are huge Dave Ramsey fans. Like, part of his tribe for sure and everyone we talked to knew this was perfect for us! Our families were happy and sad at the same time because it meant us moving 11 hours away…but nevertheless, it was perfect.
In fact, all the tiny little details had worked out right down to where we would be able to rent an apartment about a mile from the office. We were completely beside ourselves and ready for the go-ahead.
But then something changed. What I thought would be the best part of the interview process for me, clearly was not. I wasn’t the right person for that particular seat on their bus. And we were crushed.
So I searched myself for answers. I prayed for answers. I went over every one of the 7 or so interviews I had that day for any indication as to why they decided I wasn’t right. I mean, over the phone they were ecstatic to have me! So what was the problem?
Fast forward a year.
I kid you not, it was just the other day that I discovered why I wasn’t hired. Or at least one of the reasons.
I didn’t clarify WHY I wanted to work there. Or, as Simon Sinek would put it, I didn’t Start With Why.
And what that means is simply this. I wanted to work there. I dreamed of working there. I wanted to be a part of helping change people’s entire lives not only from a financial perspective, but also their marriage, job and spiritual lives. But I did not communicate that as clearly as I should have.
I truly believe that the interviews went very well, even after looking at it like this. But they could have gone better if it was centered around what I truly believe about Dave Ramsey and his company. Wanting to help people should have been my focus and I believe there would be a much different story to tell here.
Regardless of what we do in life, we have to start with why we’re doing it. You can take that to a career level, a marriage level and even a spiritual level. No one can understand your heart for the matter if you don’t clearly communicate why you do it.
So what opportunities are you missing because you’re not clearly communicating your why? Or do you believe this is essential to help people better understand you?
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