Former American President Herbert Hoover struggled a lot in his youth. He went to a well-known businessman seeking a job after pursuing engineering. He was in high hopes of getting a job in the engineering field, like every fresh graduate. But that was not to be.
The businessman told him that there was no vacancy for an engineer but he was in need of a typist and he can give him that job. Hoover graciously took the job and said, “I can join the duty after four days if you permit?”
“No problem with that”, the businessman said, “You can join after four days.”
The four days period that Hoover sought from the businessman was for a reason. Hoover had never done typing and had no idea about how it works. Determined to learn it in four days, he borrowed a typewriter from a friend and started practising for eighteen hours a day! He knew that he had to be skilled to do well at his job.
After four days, he joined. The businessman gave him a letter to type to check his typing ability. Hoover typed the letter. The businessman read it carefully but he didn’t find any mistakes.
Curious, the businessman asked him why didn’t he join the job immediately.
Hoover replied honestly, “I didn’t know how to type. So, I sought four days time.”
Many young people try to find a job on the basis of their degree and if they fail they get disappointed. They should get inspired by the incidents like Hoover’s.
No job is small. You can always learn something you don’t know and get going.
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