Written by Julie Holmwood
Do people really focus everything on achievement? Today I read the below quote on Jerry Pociask’s Facebook page and it started another of our great debates … this one on achievement (Jerry and I could debate for England. Or should that be America? Hmm, either way …)
The world isn't interested in the storms you encountered, but whether or not you brought in the ship ~ Raul Armesto
The thing that Jerry and I both agree on, is that this is true. No-one cares how many times you thought you had failed before you made your achievement. No-one asks the marathon runner how many times he fell over, or how many blisters he gained. The question on everyone’s lips is did he finish and in what time
We see this focus on achievement all through history. Think of Roger Bannister. He set a new world record and created an ability in others they had yet to find for themselves. That was the achievement of running a mile in under four minutes. Until Roger, it was thought to be impossible for a human to run that fast. As soon as it was published that he had indeed managed the holy-grail of running a mile in less than four minutes, many other runners were able to achieve the same. It was as if all they ever needed was permission to believe it was possible, for it then to become so
You might know of a similar story of achievement? Something might have even happened to you directly as a result of this kind of paradigm shift?
Why am I telling you this? Because this also relates to your CV. When you are wondering what, out of your extensive list of skills and abilities, to list in your four pages think achievement rather than activity. It is commendable that you are able to overcome adversity, but your new boss doesn’t want to know about the 150 times you thought you might have failed. Rather, they want to know about the one achievement; that time you were able to succeed
Thomas Edison said: ‘We now know a thousand ways not to build a light bulb’
We are only interested to know that Thomas Edison tried many times to invent the light bulb if we want to be inspired to persist in our challenges. Edison teaches us that it is only in repetitively trying to reach a desired outcome that we are sure to turn it into an achievement. If he had not been successful this quote would have died with him. We surely wouldn’t care that he had tried a thousand times in vain?
Next time you are editing or creating your CV, focus on achievement.
When you are putting together a presentation and would like it to net you a favourable response (a sale or a form of buy-in) think about creating it from an achievement perspective. This might be retrospective (I have done) or it might be predicted (with this we think you will)
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