The Young Guy Who Didn't Get The Job

By AJ • June 8, 2015

Steven knows he's a good but not great web designer and is about to go on an interview at a marketing firm in the city. He prepares his resume and goes over the checklist needed to make a good first impression. Steven puts on his suit, says a prayer and leaves for the train. As he gets into the tall office building, Steven looks in awe as all of his expectations were met. He is appointed the 3rd opening in the interview room and is waiting his turn. In the waiting room a gentleman enters and sits across from Steven and asks him. "Are you nervous about the job interview?". Steven replies "No, not at all I'm very confident". The man then asks him why he's so confident. Steven then says that he's been studying for quite sometime now and feels he's at the level of aptitude needed for the job. The man was impressed with his answer for such a young guy and asked for some pointers on confidence. Steven obliges and 15 minutes into the discussion Steven was called in for the interview. Thank you's and phone numbers were exchanged, and Steven left the room.

Steven did not get the job. - He was a little bummed out but his spirits stayed high.

A week later his cell rings… "Hello" he answered. The man replied "Hey it's Tom, we've met at 126 Main St at the Marketing Firm." Steven remembers Tom and ask how he's doing. Remarkably Tom expresses his deepest gratitude on the conversation they had in the waiting room. Steven being puzzled asks "But how did I help you"? Tom replies, "You did not directly help me but you've answered a question I was asking myself for over 5 years". Steven asked "What was it?". Tom answered. "Confidence… I had none. Your talk gave me confidence to ask this woman I've been dating for 5 years to marry me" and she said "YES!!!" - Without your words I would have never even asked and my life would be different today so I just wanted to call and say thank you times 1 million." Kind words were exchanged and the phone call was over.

WHAT A SHOCK! - POOR STEVEN HAS NO WEB DESIGN JOB BUT CREATED CONFIDENCE IN ONE TO ASK ANOTHER TO MARRY THEM, A CRITICAL STEP IN ONES LIFE.

Steven pondered this for weeks and months afterwards and asked himself "AM I USING MY REAL STRENGTHS?" He asked himself if web design was his passion or a skill he had. He answered quickly that it was just a skill and his real passion and strength were making people feel confident!

Now with over 5 years under his belt, Steven is a public speaker and is giving motivational talks to people in over 40 countries. He now hires several web designers to take care of his online business's.

MORAL of the story: Someone needs to reveal your primary strength if you don't know it exists.

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