Food I hope, ’cause fat boy gotta eat.
Oh wait, this isn’t a post about food, is it?
Ok, how about this, what defines you; what is it about you that makes people trust you and want to do business with you?
Don’t paint yourself in a box
How many people have you known for any length of time have truly changed the essence of who they are? Or, once you know somebody, do they pretty much stay the course and what you see is what you get regardless if it was 20 years ago or today?
True story for me; my family moved away from the small town I grew up in between my 9th and 10th grade year in school. The town I left was a small enough town where seemingly you knew everybody. In my minds-eye whenever I would think of most of those people I only knew them as kids.
When I heard my old school was having their 30-yr reunion (yes, I am that old) I jumped on the chance to go. Upon arriving, of course my first impression was where did all these old people come from anyway; good thing I moved away or I might have looked like them too…:). The amazing thing, once I re-introduced myself to everybody, I was amazed how most were just like I remembered them; same personalities, same traits.
How can that be, none of us stay the same. Was it just because I wanted them to still be the same?
What makes you special?
Yes, we are all special in our own unique ways.
Most by now know I am in insurance sales. As the norm for most sales positions when I was initially looking for a job and interviewing there were usually some type of personality tests involved. These are not pass/fail type tests, but more to see if your personality and abilities align with the job being offered.
I came across one of those old exams and results recently and it was interesting to see how it described me then versus how I would describe me now.
My strengths were positivity – generous with praise & quick to smile; relator – thrill of turning strangers into friends; harmony – look for areas of agreement; communication – like to explain, to describe, to host, to speak in public and to write; woo – enjoy the challenge of meeting new people and getting them to like you.
Would you hire me? I’ve got woo, do you?
I guess if those traits were important for the task at hand, then maybe I’m your guy, right?
If you were to describe yourself in 5 words do you think they have held true over the test of time?
That sounds good, but what do you stink at?
Yes, I am asking you because obviously I am Mr Wonderful and surely we aren’t talking about me.
Ha, your game has more holes than swiss cheese.
I procrastinate at times; not always having a sense of urgency, which is not a good thing in the land of insurance with drop dead don’t pass go deadline renewal dates. Fortunately I have a great team that keeps me on task.
I am not competitive enough at times; I am competitive with myself, but I have probably left some deals on the table because I wasn’t willing to scrap enough to get the deal done.
I’ve done alright in this gig and don’t really want for much. Considering where I came from I think I have far out-kicked my punt coverage, and even though I could still do so much more, it’s not too bad to be where I am right now.
So is that a good thing or a bad thing; would you hire me now?
What you see is what you get
I guess it is what it is. The key for me is to play to my strengths and surround myself with the right people and try to avoid the potholes that will flatten my tires.
We all see and know people we admire and think we want to be like them when we grow up. However, the sooner you can be comfortable in your own skin and be more appreciative of what you do have the happier, more fulfilled you will become.
I guess the moral of this story is, don’t try to be perfect just try to be good, and happy, and everything else will take care of itself.
And that’s the truth…don’t let anyone tell you differently.
Until next time…