What skills do you possess?
What computer programs are you familiar with?
What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
Considering the fact that I am 23, the whole job search/interview thing isn’t too foreign to me.
In fact, I feel way too familiar with the whole process in general.
You have to fit on ONE sheet of paper everything that you think could land you the job you are praying and hoping to receive.
And it’s not like you even think you’re some crazy, awesome person, but trying to narrow down all that information onto one page is more frustrating than trying to find two matching socks in the dryer (yeah, figure that one out).
Anywho, so you think of all your skills, your talents, your abilities, and usually, based off of that information alone, you can be hired for a job.
Yes, often times, what we participate in or involve ourselves in shows the type of person we are or the priorities that we have, but at the end of the day, we are hired off the skills we say we have and they hope we aren’t lying about.
That’s what that is.
A natural ability to do something OR your ability to learn a particular skill.
In other words, if the current skills or abilities you possess lend themselves to be able to easily grasp another skill, then you have a higher aptitude in that area.
Aptitude gets you IN the door.
It is what often gets you the interview and provides a fancy first impression.
But, as I have seen more and more, aptitude is not what keeps you there.
It’s all about another A word.
Another word that says far more about our capability, and that is our attitude.
Maybe. But the cheesy truth, whether you like it or not.
You see, skills are important.
That is the main reason we choose a career path in college; so that we can master a skill-set that will then lead us to a job that we can excel at!
But so often we get caught up in the logistics that we forget that the most important factor to any champion or successful business person is their heart and their attitude for WHY they do what they do.
I know that some of you will say in your heads when you’re reading this that aptitude is actually the most important thing.
And that’s okay (you’re wrong, but it’s fine).
I understand where you’re coming from, in that having a natural knack for something or having the ability to grasp a certain skill is crucial.
I probably could not win the Olympics gold medal in backstroke.
Reality is, I started in lane three and ended in lane five when I first tried the sport. My aptitude for this skill isn’t very promising.
However, success is not always measured by what you do but by how you do what you do and why you do what you do.
Think about Michael Phelps.
While he obviously possesses an innate ability to swim like a maniac, his constant drive, determination and positive attitude was what kept him coming back to the Olympics and standing on the podium.
It is our attitude ABOUT our aptitude that creates success.
I would argue that attitude is far more important because it also is what changes lives.
Think about every inspirational story that you see.
What inspires you?
The cool technology gizmo that someone created or the fact that even after seven years of trying, they never gave up.
I am pretty positive Thomas Edison didn’t create the lightbulb on his first try.
But after 6,000 different fibers, he succeeded.
His response to those attempts: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
I’d say that’s a pretty solid attitude.
I know I am probably ranting and maybe you have quit reading (that’s not a good attitude to have!!!!!!!!) but truthfully, think about it:
What’s your attitude like right now?
Are you stewarding the aptitude that you do have with the attitude it deserves?
God is FAR more concerned about HOW you are doing what you’re doing than what you are actually doing.
Why? Because He cares way more about who you become than He does about how you perform.
And when you do seek to have a positive attitude despite the waves that come?
You will really start doing awesome stuff. Trust me.
Maybe I’ll never be good at backstroke, but I do know that if I have a positive attitude about the things that I have a high aptitude in, I can move mountains.
And so can you.
“Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” -Philippians 2:14-15