Sales job interview in one minute

My colleagues had a job interview with a potential salesman today. I was not participating although I had some intentions to do that.

I was sitting with another colleague and discussing some daily things when she asked me how it is going with hiring additional sales people. I just replied that things are going well and that another interview is being held at the moment.

Suddenly a funny idea popped into my mind which I spoke out loud:

- I could go there without notice and ask a couple of questions for the guy, like “What’s the meaning of life?” or something like that.

We giggled a little bit but after a couple of minutes the idea was still in my head, still growing and maturing.

So I decided to do that.

I went to the job interview without notice, opened the door of the meeting room, greeted everyone and introduced myself, only the name, to the candidate. He stood up, we shook our hands, he introduced himself and straight away I said:

- Just one question. [Pause] What’s the meaning of life?

And in a blink of an eye he replied:

- Joy.

I showed him thumbs up and went out of the meeting room smiling, in silence.

From that moment I knew that we are going to offer that guy a job.

Lets do a deeper analysis of everything that happened in less than one minute.

A job interview is in most cases a very stressful environment to be in.

Imagine the meeting and someone coming in, it’s already something unexpected.

The guy stands up from his chair – shows respect to whoever I am.

He shakes my hand not too hard, not too soft, just the right thing – adaptive.

He looks straight into my eyes when talking – confidence.

His voice is not trembling – confidence.

He smiles naturally – he’s feeling good even in stressful situations.

He gets the question, which in most cases cannot be answered right away without “umm”s and “eeeehhhh”s unless he already has the answer for it – he questions things on a higher level.

After the meeting (something like 1 hour or so) my colleagues came to me and told me that the candidate looks like a really perspective one but I already knew that.

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. — Aristotle

The small difference


Colleague: Don’t you feel sleepy after long hours at night?

Me: You see, we all have 24 hours in a day. Some of us sleep 9 hours, some of us sleep 5. These 4 hours is what really makes the difference.

Colleague: True. But you have to know how to use them properly.

Me: But that’s already a different topic, right?

Colleague: True. Good night.

Free market & free world

Financial District

We live in a free market not a free world. — A. M.

Transactional psychoanalysis & Nietzsche

It is quite funny but I bought “Thus Spoke Zarathurstra” by Friedrich Nietzsche during an ongoing sale a few years ago.

I have to admit that this book made a severe impact for my personality.

One of the key things that I remember from the book are “The three metamorphoses of the spirit” – the camel, lion and the child:

Of the three metamorphoses of the spirit I tell you: how the spirit becomes a camel; and the camel, a lion; and the lion, finally, a child.
There is much that is difficult for the spirit, the strong, reverent spirit that would bear much: but the difficult and the most difficult are what its strength demands.
What is difficult? asks the spirit that would bear much, and kneels down like a camel wanting to be well loaded. What is most difficult, O heroes, asks the spirit that would bear much, that I may take it upon myself and exult in my strength? Is it not humbling oneself to wound one’s haughtiness? Letting one’s folly shine to mock one’s wisdom?…
Or is it this: stepping into filthy waters when they are the waters of truth, and not repulsing cold frogs and hot toads?
Or is it this: loving those that despise us and offering a hand to the ghost that would frighten us?
All these most difficult things the spirit that would bear much takes upon itself: like the camel that, burdened, speeds into the desert, thus the spirit speeds into its desert.
In the loneliest desert, however, the second metamorphosis occurs: here the spirit becomes a lion who would conquer his freedom and be master in his own desert. Here he seeks out his last master: he wants to fight him and his last god; for ultimate victory he wants to fight with the great dragon.
Who is the great dragon whom the spirit will no longer call lord and god? “Thou shalt” is the name of the great dragon. But the spirit of the lion says, “I will.” “Thou shalt” lies in his way, sparkling like gold, an animal covered with scales; and on every scale shines a golden “thou shalt.”
Values, thousands of years old, shine on these scales; and thus speaks the mightiest of all dragons: “All value has long been created, and I am all created value. Verily, there shall be no more ‘I will.’” Thus speaks the dragon.
My brothers, why is there a need in the spirit for the lion? Why is not the beast of burden, which renounces and is reverent, enough?
To create new values — that even the lion cannot do; but the creation of freedom for oneself and a sacred “No” even to duty — for that, my brothers, the lion is needed. To assume the right to new values — that is the most terrifying assumption for a reverent spirit that would bear much. Verily, to him it is preying, and a matter for a beast of prey. He once loved “thou shalt” as most sacred: now he must find illusion and caprice even in the most sacred, that freedom from his love may become his prey: the lion is needed for such prey.
But say, my brothers, what can the child do that even the lion could not do? Why must the preying lion still become a child? The child is innocence and forgetting, a new beginning, a game, a self-propelled wheel, a first movement, a sacred “Yes.” For the game of creation, my brothers, a sacred “Yes” is needed: the spirit now wills his own will, and he who had been lost to the world now conquers the world.

Later on I read a book on transactional psychoanalysis “Games people play” by Eric Berne and he was contemplating about 3 levels of conscious: the parent, the adult and the child.

The book was written in 1960′s and Nietszche’s Zarathustra was written in 1880′s.

I must admit that Nietzsche’s Zarathustra Camel, Lion & Child and Eric Berne’s Parent, Adult & Child are exactly the same things. Meaning that Nietzsche was talking about transactional psychoanalysis on philosophical scale decades ago transactional psychoanalysis was postulated.

Dare to imagine

fly high

Everything starts from the first step.

The first step is really simple, you have to be courageous enough to dare to imagine.

Life mantras

#1 “People aren’t against you; they are for themselves.”

#2 “Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.”

#3 “You learn more from failure than from success; don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character.”

#4 “The most dangerous risk of all – The risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later”

#5 “Go where you’re celebrated, not where you’re tolerated.”

#6 “The person that you will spend the most time with in your life is yourself, so you better try to make yourself as interesting as possible.”

#7 “If you accept your limitations you go beyond them.”

#8 “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing.. that’s why we recommend it daily.”

#9 “Everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something”

#10 “Comfort is the enemy of achievement.”


The person who takes a dump on you isn’t always your enemy

A little bird flew very far to a very distant land. When it got there it found it was a cold, freezing land and the bird froze to death.

A cow passed by and took a dump right on top of him. The warm shit that fell on him melted the ice, and he was resurrected.

Alive again, but still buried, he started chirping. A cat passed by and heard his cries, and dug him out of the shit. And then the cat ate the bird.

Moral of the story: The person who takes a dump on you isn’t always your enemy, and the person who takes you out of the shit isn’t always your friend!

In the informational world

Believe nothing. 
Question everything. 
Befriend the unknown. 
Trust only from experience.

Success is a state of mind not the destination

In order to become happy and successful you have to answer the following questions.

  • Who are you?
  • Where are you going?
  • With whom are you going?
  • Where this will take you?

Keep asking these questions yourself periodically and remember that success is a state of mind not the destination.

Dancing, singing, storytelling and silence

In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions.

When did you stop dancing?

When did you stop singing?

When did you stop being enchanted by stories?

When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?

Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experienced the loss of soul.

Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves.

~ The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Healer, Teacher and Visionary