Featured Coaching Excerpt - Notes & Transcript, Part 1
Steps To Finding A Job:: 5. You must gain experience
Lesson Nugget: Until you have an established reputation, you must focus on working to learn, not earn.
Definition Magician:: Pro Bono - Done or donated without charge; free. - Dictionary.com
Lesson Nugget: Grammy winner Ryan Tedder worked an unpaid internship with Dreamworks (eventually Universal music). Steven Spielberg worked an unpaid internship with Universal Studios at the age of 17. Oprah Winfrey worked an unpaid internship at CBS.
-Synca. You must gain experience. You have down here, you must gain experience. Why is that important?
-Well because what happens is this whole chicken before the egg deal. It's not that complicated. But we, for some reason, we've-- we've-- as a culture, we've done this. It's been going on forever, but just work with me on this. I'm not promoting going back to the middle, you know, to medieval times, or going back to a time where apprenticeship was required. But work with me.
If you want to be a graphic designer right now, and you're watching this. You want to be one. Chances are, you're terrible. You know? If you're going to be a DJ-- I wanted, I wanted to be a DJ-- if you want to be a DJ-- I wanted to be a DJ, chances are, you're terrible. If you're an NBA player, and you want to be a rapper, chances are, you're a terrible rapper. If you're a rapper, and you want to be an NBA player, chances are, you're probably terrible. If you're a pop star, you want to play in the celebrity basketball game, you're probably--
The thing is we all want to be something that we're not. We all want to move to the next thing. We all want to do that. And you're going to have to gain experience though. You've got to gain experience. And experience means that you have the ability to make mistakes. Because I don't want to pay you-- I don't want to hire you right now to be my graphic designer, if you make mistakes. I want to hire you when you're good. Well how are you going to get good, if you don't have any experience?
This is the power of internships. This is the power-- I'm just going to help you here. This is the power of the internship. This is the power of the whole pro bono, hey, I'll work for free. This is the whole power of the apprentice program, where you can apprentice for somebody, the apprenticeship program. This is the power of shadowing, where you can shadow a entrepreneur to work.
We have hundreds of people, constantly are coming to Tulsa, shadowing me. It seems like we had-- this year we had two NBA guys that shadowed. They come to Tulsa. Hey, I want to shadow you for two days. I want to learn how to be good at business. Why? Because they can humble themselves, and say, I don't know what I'm doing in the world of business, but I do know what I'm doing in the world of basketball, in the world of basketball. I'd like to shadow you to learn these things, to gain the experience. And that's how you do it.
But you can't be sitting there, getting out of college, or getting out, in this case, college, or you can't be, you know, sitting there going, I don't have a job, but I command a certain high starting wage, and I have no experience. You need to prize experience. You've got to build that resume.