Posts tagged ‘initiative’

Don’t wait for permission

A few years ago I wrote a post titled Looking for a job? Don’t be this guy. Today I want to share a positive example of what you should do instead if you’re looking for a job.

I love the 360 panorama app from Occipital. It’s the easiest way to make a panoramic and the scenes that people share are often stunning. Back in December, I tweeted that I hoped that Occipital would make a gallery of their 360 panos. Mick Thompson saw my tweet and apparently agreed with me. But instead of just retweeting my request, he got to work and actually built it. The 360 gallery he created was awesome.

Unknown to both of us, Occipital had been talking internally about building a gallery themselves. When they saw Micks work they immediately got in touch with him and asked if he’d be interested in joining them. Today, Occipital announced that Mick will be joining them in a full time role.

Mick is an example of exactly the kind of guy I want to hire. You’ll be amazed at how much a little initiative will set you apart from the crowd. If you’re struggling to find a job, the best advice I have for you is to find a way to copy Mick. I think this lesson applies to lots of other areas in life too. If you want something to exist, don’t sit around talking about it. Just do it.

Congrats to both Mick and Occipital. I can’t wait to see what you guys build next.

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