As I was preparing for an interview a few weeks back I was running myself through some of the typical interview questions to prepare. When I was thinking of qualities that set me apart and that are strengths, I came up with three that I think really make me a great candidate. I am stubborn, apathetic, and lazy. That’s right, those are my best qualities. Here’s why.
Stubbornness is essential for anyone who is going to accomplish a difficult task. You have to be stubborn in your pursuit of success. You can’t quit just because there are obstacles, and you can’t quit just because you’re tired. You have to keep going no matter what. You have to refuse to lose. Few things can stand in the way of persistence.
Apathy keeps one clear of the social pitfalls of any worthy endeavor. There are always going to be people who will say (and shout) nay, and those who simply sidle up to you because they think you’re going somewhere and want to be along for the ride. Apathy is a shield from both distractions. When your purpose and drive reside inside of yourself, and you don’t have to care about what others think of you, you are free to work with your own focus and passion and don’t get torn down or distracted by others’ opinions.
Laziness is the true mother of invention. A lazy person wants to know the easier way to accomplish a task or achieve a result. They won’t just accept the status quo or do things the way they’ve always been done if there is an easier way to do it. They’ll find the easier way. It saves energy and time. Being lazy is great.
When I actually had the interview I didn’t actually use these words for a couple of reasons. I went with words more along the lines of tenacious, independent, and solution-oriented. Similar, but totally different from that first set.
We all have bad habits, ways of behaving that hinder our goals and purpose rather than moving us along towards them. It is important to identify them but I challenge you to take it one step further, find ways to take those tendencies and turn them to your advantage. Moving from stubbornness to tenacity is a huge benefit, and if you’re stubborn you’re 80% there already! What can you transform that will help you reach the next gear of your development?