Memes. We all know what they are, right? Even if you aren’t familiar with the term “meme” the chances are still high that you’ve seen one if not hundreds.
In recent years, they’ve become a big part of modern culture. Most of the time meme’s are used as a form of satire, often using an image that pokes fun/ best explains how we feel about regular everyday occurrences in our lives.
Not that long ago, Linkedin was the chosen platform for meme’s inspired by “The Wolf of Wall Street” and Jordan Belfort in particular. Often aiming to be inspirational, with messages along the lines working hard, not making excuses, and money…making lots of money.
Another trend that has since passed was that of the motivational quote. Not quite a meme, but still like a close relative. The aim of the motivational quote was just that, to motivate, to inspire and to perhaps reassure.
Now personally, I don’t usually take much notice of motivational quotes and the likes. Sure the content itself is usually pretty accurate and I’d usually nod in agreement after reading… but they never really resonated with me in any way.
That is, until recently…
Scrolling through Google looking to find an image to accompany a tweet I stumbled across the following:
And wouldn’t you know it….it resonated with me in a BIG way.
See, 2016 was a big year for me personally. One that brought about a lot of change in my personal life. Before then I was in a pretty comfortable place. I had a steady job, was still living at home, was in a happy relationship and all was going pretty swimmingly. However, as a person, I wasn’t growing. I wasn’t challenging myself. I was simply….”there”.
That all changed quite drastically!
In February 2016 I found out that I was to become a father for the first time to a beautiful little girl who joined us in September. As a result of this, I also found myself becoming a homeowner with a mortgage. Essentially 2016 was the year I “grew up”.
Following the birth of my baby girl and feeling inspired, I also made the decision to challenge myself even further and pursue my childhood dream of training to become a Professional Wrestler. Yes…you read that correctly. That story is for another time perhaps but I needed to mention it as it heavily relates to the point I want to make (which I assure you I’ll be making soon).
And finally, earlier this year I also started a new job here at Interpro People coming from a much larger organisation where I was part of a team and considered “just another cog in the machine”, into a position where I now have sole responsibility for all things Internal Recruitment.
Over the last 2 years, I’ve been doing NOTHING BUT, stepping outside of my comfort zone.
See even with the wrestling, sure, it was a passion of mine growing up but the only problem with all of that is that I was, and still am ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED of performing in front of a crowd. I’ve never really been much of an attention seeker in the “all eyes on me” mould. The idea of public speaking, even in front of a crowd of co-workers and peers is usually enough to send me into a mild panic.
HOWEVER, I can happily say that as of May 2017, firstly at The Yaxley Festival in front of hundreds of people, and more recently closer to home in Essex in front of friends and family and a slightly smaller audience,I took myself out of my comfort zone and performed several times achieving what I initially set out to do. Whilst I still get nervous like you wouldn’t believe, I’ve also noticeably become more confident with it and grown as a performer even in such a short space of time.
Even with my new role here at Interpro, I don’t mind saying that I’ve been asked to take a completely different approach to attracting candidates than the ways I was used to in my last role. Believe it or not, headhunting wasn’t something I was encouraged or was required to do as more often than not, candidates would come to me rather than me having to find them.
When I was told that here at Interpro, they do things differently and expected me to be proactive with my methods and actively headhunt people, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It wasn’t something I initially felt comfortable and confident doing having been used to mostly having warmer calls with candidates who were actively looking and had applied to my adverts. Already, having bit the bullet and given it a go, I feel like i’ve added value to myself as an employee and the company by putting those methods into action and feel like an entirely new recruiter!
I’m sure you know where I’m going with this by now…
Don’t be like the 98% in the above image. Don’t live a life of fear, playing it safe, being like everybody else and never growing as a person. Albert Einstein I believe it was once said “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”. How true is that! You can apply that to many aspects of life including, and especially recruitment!
You will only ever improve as an employee and as a person by embracing the unknown and relishing the change. Turn your weaknesses into strengths!
Explore new things: New opportunities, new locations, new markets, new techniques etc
I’ll just leave this here…www.interpropeople.com
Interpro is now hiring across our global offices. If you’d be interested in a confidential chat about what we have to offer here then I’d love to hear from you. Also, if you have any comments about my blog you can make them below.