Then one day I could. I could sell almost anything and did. Millions of dollars of an assortment of goods and services. Natural talent is great and most of us wish we'd been born with the talent gene. The talent to attract the supermodels. The talent to run faster, jump higher, punch harder, understand intuitively, sell ice to Eskimos, but the brilliant invariably take for granted their natural gifts the rest of us learn from getting it wrong over and over until...BINGO!
It's easy to teach what's difficult to learn. It's also rare that the naturally talented have the mongrel tenacity that having sand kicked in their face for an eon breeds.
So what's the million dollar lesson? Dogs are the only species that have been bred with such diversity to mirror the qualities that our particular species most values. Loyalty, cuteness, engagement, passion.....Your dog has been bred to acutely understand how to get pretty much anything it wants. You are the most important person in the room - always and that includes the dog itself. 100% engagement, sometimes tired but NEVER ambivalent.
If you are applying for a job, all other things being equal, for instance, being qualified for the job, you could learn from your four legged friend. Approach the interview as if it was the most exciting job in the world. Be enthusiastic, be engaged, act like you care. Be happy. Strong eye contact....you get the drift.
I've interviewed candidates who've shown those qualities and their resume becomes very much a secondary consideration when this energy is delivered.
I've seen profesional sales consultants lose the sale (to me), when I've wanted to buy, because I have such a strong distaste for ambivalence. Act like you believe in your company, really believe, act like the leader of a cult or religion. Be 100% engaged. I'm never going to care as much as you, your energy needs to be high.
I've been told that supermodels rarely get asked out on dates. It is assumed that they have a smorgasbord of choice so the admirers of said supermodels don't ask.
GIVE,GIVE GIVE ...but don't forget ASK, ASK, ASK, ASK - with 100% conviction, engagement, passion, enthusiasm, belief and congruity. There you have it, a conservative million dollar lesson, now go find your supermodel (metaphor, hope you're not taking this too literally)