Are You Willing to Work For What You Want?

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Are You Willing to Work For What You Want?

“Too many young people itch for what they want

without scratching for it.”

Thomas Taylor, American Actor


As I see it . . . . . . .


Are you willing to work for what you want?


I would like to share an interest story with you that quite frankly seems to repeat itself on a regular basis.


A friend that I have known for years contacted . . . . me and asked me if I could help her to find a job for her son. In following on up to the telephone call her son Ryan contacted me shortly after my telephone call with his mother and we set up an appointment to meet that the Nordstrom’s Ebar at the Boca Raton Town Center Mall.


Ryan arrived early for the meeting and appeared to is a bright and personable young man.


I asked Ryan to give me some background on college and what he has been doing since he graduated.


He told me that he has been looking for a job for almost two years without finding anything related to his degree.


I asked him. “Have you looked for anything outside of your degree?” He replied “NO that’s what I went to college for.”


Then I asked him “what’s the potential of you finding a job using your degree in the next year?” He said “not likely.”


“Well” I said “what about the next two years?” Ryan looked back at me with a blank expression on his face and said “based on the job market I would say bleak.”


Well Ryan, I said “how long can you hold your breath underwater?” Now by the look on his face he had a sense of puzzlement in its expression. And he responded “a couple of minutes I guess?”


Then I asked Ryan “how long can you hold your breath before you get a job?” He replied “I feel like I’m at the end of my rope, no money, no job and my girlfriend dumped me.” He continued “ I feel like I’m striking out in ever aspect of my life.”


So Ryan, “What do you think you have to do”? He said “get a job”? I replied “that sounds about right.”


After some additional coaching and Ryan preparing a new resume using his college degree . . . . his life skills . . . . and his volunteering as a high school and college student. As a resume he has moved into the work force with his first real job since graduating from college.


Ryan is also going to college at night to get the credits that he needs to redirect his career.


Are you willing to work for what you want? It took two years for Ryan to answer that question. He said to me “I get into a rut of waiting for something to happen and nothing happened until I get out of the rut.”


©2014 Lou Ludwig Motivational Power Quote, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author











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ReadySetLoan Condo Approval Team
ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC - South Windsor, CT
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Great story, Lou.  Ryan was lucky that his mother contacted you and that you had the compassion to help this young man.

Mar 21, 2014 12:11 AM #1
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

 I guess we all run into a rut now and again....great post Lou!

Mar 21, 2014 01:27 AM #2
Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Davie, FL
Top Listing Broker

My job now is far from my degree too. I love how this story started and ended up. Thanks Lou!

Mar 21, 2014 03:14 AM #3
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I always enjoy things more when I earn them. Don't you Lou?

Mar 21, 2014 04:55 AM #4
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Love the story.

I have worked for everything I have.

Entitlements are hurting peopl's pride

Mar 21, 2014 05:46 AM #5
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Lou,

Great story and so true of too many today...just because someone wants a job in their field of choice, does not mean it's going to happen.

Mar 21, 2014 11:44 AM #6
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