Yesterday, my youngest daughter came home from school a little frustrated.
Apparently, they took a 180 question test to help determine different jobs they might excel at as adults. The results of her test offered a few different “perfect” jobs she seems to be well suited for based upon her answers.
Three of her suggested “perfect” jobs were…
1. A farm laborer.
2. A funeral services manager.
3. A hostess.
When she told me this, I laughed so hard I cried.
I’m still laughing today. 🙂
The really funny part is that she is already a “barn laborer.” She rides horses three times a week, which entails shoveling a lot of horse manure! She won’t help clean our backyard from our dog, but she’ll happily clean her horse’s stall several times a week.
This aptitude test was complete hogwash.
It completely missed that she’s the greatest salesperson I’ve ever met, by a wide margin, and she’s only 15. Over the years, I’ve met and worked with some incredible salespeople and she’s better. She’s so good that I even kicked around the idea of starting a new real estate brokerage and having her as my only agent. I’d hire my other daughter to be the brains behind the business. She’s wicked smart and would create amazing marketing videos that would drive new clients into the business without breaking a sweat. The two of them combined would be unstoppable, if they didn’t end up pulling each other’s hair out. LOL.
My youngest daughter is an amazing salesperson because she’s fearless AND relentless when it comes to asking for what she wants. A rejection doesn’t slow her down in the slightest. It’s almost as if she doesn’t even hear – “NO!” This happens to drive everyone in my house crazy, including me! When we say “NO” to something she asks for, she somehow persuades someone else outside the family to do what she wanted.
“Sorry, no Starschmucks today.”
An hour later a friend pulls in the driveway and off to Starschmucks they go.
She rarely fails at getting what she wants and I admire her. Really, I do.
Her fearlessness and determination weren’t measured in this aptitude test. These two qualities will allow her to create an amazing life without any need for a typical job. In fact, the typical j-o-b would hold her back in life.
The reason I’m sharing this is two-fold:
First off, it was funny. I thought you might get a laugh, too!
More importantly, there’s a lesson here for all of us.
Life will give us what we ask of it. We do have to be fearless and relentless in asking for what we want. When life tells us – “NO” – we must not pay any attention. Instead, we must use our resourcefulness and our tenacity to keep trying until we do get what we want.
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