I recently got a call from a very good friend who inquired about an internship for his daughter who is attending school in Los Angeles.
Below is the email I received from his daughter after our call.
Name: LEFT OUT TO PROTECT THE INNOCENT
Email Address: DITTO
Subject: Internship Opportunities
Message: Hi there!
I am an experienced, goal-oriented, and hard-working honors student interested in obtaining a marketing internship offering creativity and critical thinking skills to help generate innovative ideas and gain industry experience.
I learn quickly, I handle high-pressure situations with ease, and I have a bright personality that not only works for customer service but also works for making sales. I am confident, determined, and reliable.
I am based in Los Angeles. My father’s close friend, and fellow author, Steve Nudelberg, posted about you on LinkedIn and it encouraged me to reach out to you!
I would love to get in touch with you and submit a resume if you are interested!
Now a couple of things instantly jumped out at me which prompted me to share.
In this highly competitive job environment we live in, you need to pay attention to all the clues that are around us. I have been preaching that the social media channels are a gold mine for opportunity and kudos to this young lady for paying attention.
She will most definitely be rewarded for her initiative.
While that is a great example of initiative, it is not the most important lesson to be taken from this.
Have you or your firm ever hired an intern?
Can you relate to that mindset?
They enter the workplace like sponges eager to listen, learn, and do anything without judgment or doubt.
Their sole goal is to do whatever it takes to take advantage of the opportunity they have been given.
They show excitement, gratitude, and a host of other emotions that breed success.
Now, for one moment, I want you all to visualize that you are just starting your first job.
Can you connect to the emotions that you were feeling back then?
Most likely, you prepared what you were going to wear, you mapped the route you were going to take, and, most probably, leapt at the opportunity to get your boss lunch in return for spending a few precious moments with him or her.
What a huge lesson we can learn from this intern/first-day mentality.
It’s Rule #13 in my book and I have lived it as a fundamental part of my mindset.
By consistently “Acting Like It’s Your First Day”, you will do things that human nature doesn’t allow you to do.
Pay attention to phrases like “Oh, we used to do that” which I hear every day.
My quick response is “Did what you were doing work?
When they say “Well, yes, it did”, I prove my point with, “Why the hell did you stop doing it then???”
As humans, especially those in sales and business, we are programmed to find shortcuts and, sometimes, it’s the very shortcut that cuts us out of what we most desire, Success!
So, to keep that edge that makes us all winners, the big takeaway is Act Like it’s Your First Day!
And that’s what Nudelberg says.