No one cares that you work hard

Several years ago, my younger self had an interview with a creative director I really wanted to work for.

They weren’t hiring (or at least, they weren’t hiring me), but I wanted so badly to work for him, I tried to make myself as attractive as possible. In my desperation I told him, “I’m a really hard worker.”
He just kind of looked at me and said, “Yeah, but isn’t that the price of admission?”
Nail in the coffin on that interview.
A couple of lessons from this:
1. If a place isn’t interested in you, it’s awfully hard to change their minds. And probably the only way to do that is with amazing new work (not just a new print campaign with some banners thrown in).
2. If you work hard, you don’t need to tell anyone about it.
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One thought on “No one cares that you work hard

  1. Being a hard worker is a quality that most companies/agencies will assume you have. We assume a doctor will try his best to save your life, right? Gosh, I hope so.

    The “price of admission” thought/question is interesting. What's the price of admission for love? Sacrifice. What's the price of admission for wealth? Sacrifice. What's the price of admission for being an ad superstar? Wait for it… sacrifice. 🙂

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