Lessons Jobseekers Can Learn From Those with Controversial Careers
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There are those who hang on his every word as if he were a prophet of God, and it sometimes seems as though he is the de-facto leader of at least one of the major political parties in the United States. Many look upon him as the quintessential patriot. On the other hand, there are those who consider him at best a fool and a hypocrite and at worst the Devil incarnate.
Either way, radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, whose show is heard by millions of Americans every day, exerts powerful influence on American society. Even progressives and liberals such as talk show host and author Thom Hartmann, who in most ways is Limbaugh’s polar opposite, have acknowledged Limbaugh as a “great entertainer.”
Certainly no one can argue that Rush Limbaugh’s characteristic is his unabashed, unapologetic approach and his complete lack of inhibition when it comes to offering his opinion.
What is the lesson here for us mere mortals, particularly when it comes to our jobs and careers?
While it may not be completely wise to offer strong opinions on the job (particularly on political and social issues), the fact is that most of us are very timid and apologetic when it comes to promoting ourselves. We minimize our accomplishments and focus on our failings.
If you were to ask Limbaugh, he might tell you that he has no failings. He might also tell you that his talent is on loan from God, and that he can defeat all his enemies with half his brain tied behind his back. Is he serious? Of course not; what he is, however, is confident.
As a jobseeker and employee, you do not need to have strong or controversial opinions to have a similar level of confidence or showmanship. When asked what policy his generals should pursue, Frederick the Great was noted as saying “Audace, audace, tojours l’audace!” Translation: “Audacity, audacity – always audacity!”
People will argue with ideas and fight against process, but they will be blown away by audacity. Audacity is no substitute for talent or work, but when the talented and the hard working are also brimming with confidence, there is little they cannot accomplish.
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