Thinking about the idea of “choose yourself” and what that means.  If you are familiar with Seth Godin, then you are familiar with the idea that we should not wait for someone to choose us.  We should choose ourselves and then create art (as opposed to work).

But how do you apply this concept to the current economic times when jobs seem to be scarce?  I’m going out on a limb and say that there hasn’t been a better opportunity to practice art and be completely brilliant.   After all many people right now have nothing to loose.  Why not take a chance on something a little bit different?

I personally know of people who have lost their job and are facing the reality of having to take a position with less pay and maybe require them to do work they are going to hate.  I was in that position a little over a year ago and thought I would go mad.  I’m urging you to not settle.  Do something no one else is going to do.  Be magnificent.

Remember you are more than just an employee at a company.  You are a free agent and as a free agent you need to make sure that you are employable not just employed.  That means your raising the stakes.  You’re going to do more than learn a new skill.  You’re going to find ways to connect with clients and coworkers and partners.  It means you are ready to receive new opportunities that present themselves to you.

But please keep in mind that the next time you find yourself at a job interview of any sort.  You are not less than the other person.  In fact they should be trying to get you to choose them.  Why, because you are brilliant.

What follows is a list of questions that you might consider asking in your next interview.

1)      How does it make you feel when someone gets something and you don’t?

2)      Describe your typical workday?

3)      How much time do you spend going over the work of those in your department?

4)      Have any favorite books?  Why are they special?

5)      What websites, blogs, magazines and television shows do you use, read and view?

6)      Do you have references?

7)      Can I see a list of projects you have worked on and can you tell me what your role was in the project?

8)      What kind of language do you think is acceptable with clients, coworkers and employees?

9)      How do you keep track of appointments?

10)  What tools do you use to keep up with important information about clients, coworkers and other people in your life?

11)  How do you monitor projects?

I know what you are thinking.  How can I ever go into an interview or performance appraisal and talk to a boss this way.  Again, let me say, you are brilliant.  You have unlimited potential just waiting for a chance to do work that matters.  Dig deep; find the strength to be a super star.  Instead of doing work and completing tasks, turn your work into art and connect.

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