If you are reading this, you are probably looking for one of two things.
1. A first job, or internship
2. A better job.
In the midst of that search, be encouraged to keep at it. Just keep pressing forward, and don’t give up.
Because the truth is this: The magic ingredient to achieving many goals is simply persistence and work.
–Shauna Neiquist, Bread and Wine
Make your job search about the process.
There is a story about Jerry Seinfeld that has been passed around on this issue. See, Seinfeld gets up everyday and writes jokes. When he finishes, he puts a giant X on today’s date in his calendar. The goal is for every single day to have an X in it.
See how that works? Seinfeld does not have to find the perfect line today, conceive the next hit TV show, or fully develop a new character. He has to write jokes for a set amount of time so he can put an X in a calendar box. Work like that can accrue incredibly over time. And how long has Seinfeld been doing this?!
“Extraordinary benefits accrue to the tiny minority of people who are able to push just a tiny bit longer than most.”
–Seth Godin, The Dip
How would your lifelong job prospects change if you did just 3 things from now on?
1. Connect with someone in your industry over social media once per day.
2. Take someone in your industry to coffee once per week.
3. Touch base with a recruiter in your industry once per month.
Do these for 4 months, and I doubt much will change.
Do these for 4 years and your life will probably look different. If anything, you will be different.
Just be encouraged in whatever you are doing: Keep going!
In his book, When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead, the late producer and agent, Jerry Weintraub said it best:
“If there’s one piece of advice I can give to young people, to kids trying to break out of Brooklyn and Kankakee, it’s this: persist, push, hang on, keep going, never give up. When the man says no, pretend you can’t hear him. Look confused, stammer, say, “Huh?” Persistence—it’s a cliché, but it happens to work. The person who makes it is the person who keeps on going after everyone else has quit. This is more important than intelligence, pedigree, even connections. Be dogged! Keep hitting that door until you bust it down! I have accomplished almost nothing on the first or second or even the third try—the breakthrough usually comes late, when everyone else has left the field.”
This post was first published by: AgGrad.com
Also published on Medium.