I once came across a job application for a marketing position whose headline stated the following:
If you’re thirsty for blood and hungry for a chance to prove yourself, you could be the one we’re looking for.
Notice the absence of traditional job application language like talent and experience and multiple references and bachelor’s degree and impeccable attention to detail and must be highly organized and be able to handle multiple projects at once.
That’s all pedestrian. It’s the price of admission.
When it comes to getting the job, the difference is hunger. It’s who wants it more. Period.
Everything else can be learned, outsourced, delegated or deleted.
In fact, replace the phrase getting the job with whatever thing you’re trying to chase. Because the same principle applies. You have to demonstrate your hunger. You have to be as convincing as you are competent.
I’m reminded of the insane story about the autoworker who couldn’t afford a car and lived in limited bus service part of town. And so, he started walking twenty miles a day, round trip, to his job at the factory. Five days a week. Often times through the snow. And always through poverty stricken, dangerous neighborhoods. Total commute time is eight hours a day.
Strangely enough, the man has a perfect attendance record at work.
That’s hunger. Think his boss at the factory plans on firing him anytime soon? Think his coworkers aren’t ecstatic to see him walk through the door every morning? The guy is so hungry that he would eat the ass out of a low flying duck.
But here’s the best part. Once this man’s story got out, some teenager built a crowdfunding campaign to help buy the man a car. The goal was to raise a modest twenty five thousand dollars.
Eight months later, over thirteen thousand anonymous donors around the world stepped up and contributed more than three hundred and fifty thousand dollars. Not a bad penance for services rendered.
The autoworker now drives to work everyday.
And that’s the real lesson. Hunger isn’t just compelling, it’s contagious.
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