The value of experience is overrated, usually by old men who nod wisely and speak stupidly. Og Mandino said that in The Greatest Salesman in the World.
For decades I have worked with young people; un-degreed, inexperienced, but eager to learn and be a part of a team. They have a desire to know and to prove to themselves and others what they can do. They are fearless of the unknown and have no clue what they do not know. They are assigned a “result” and they figure it out.
They take action—massive action. They are willing to get involved and play full out. They are willing to practice and participate—all with patience. They have a unique sense of reality, because no one told them it couldn’t be done. They are not afraid of struggle or the need to be trained.
- The best attorney I work with just graduated from law school. No experience.
- The best writer I work with, I hired during his senior year of college. No experience.
- The best audio production guy I work with, I hired before he went to college. Now that he has his degree, I hired him for even more hours. No experience.
- The best videographer for all of my video needs (and Andy’s too), had no experience. No degree in shooting video. But he has massive passion and an excellent eye.
- The guy that handles all of my online orders and customer service came from working in the back office. No customer service experience. But he is awesome.
If you want to hire somebody to jump rope, do not hire the national jump rope champion. Hire someone who is very active, physically fit, and understands what “showing up” means. Hire the person who loves details, who has pride in their results, who is not afraid to try.
I am more interested in the personality. A twinkle in their eye and a smile on their face are critical. It is shocking to me of the number of adults I have met who do not know how to do the basics like a firm hand shake and eye contact when they speak.
Look for individuals who love adventure, are aware of their surroundings, and get fired up over accomplishments. Elegance and enlightenment trump experience. Look for someone that can finish a job—someone who is not afraid of learning and realizes that they do not know it all. Find someone with manners, politeness, and tact.
3 Questions for YOU Right Now
- How far are you willing to go?
- How long can you stick with it?
- Are you willing to make a commitment to be the best at what you do?
All the answers are within you now. No right or wrong. THE answer is what makes your soul sing and ignites your passion.
Regarding YOUR life, it is YOUR opinion that matters. Own what works for you and disregard the rest.
: the process of doing and seeing things and of having things happen to you
: skill or knowledge that you get by doing something
: the length of time that you have spent doing something (such as a particular job)