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Mar 24, 2019 14:19:35

Resumes and Lions

by @abrahamKim PATRON | 355 words | 🐣 | 454💌


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I've heard many people complain about how they must fluff up their resumes. They say they need to exaggerate their resumes because everyone else is... and if they're not to exaggerate then they will be undervalued by whoever views their resume.

I once was hanging out with some lions. These lions were not that great at being lions and were stuck with a limited diet. Only gazelles. They really wanted zebras once in awhile, but you know these lions all hunted using the same strategy. They always waited where gazelles grazed and drank, but never where the zebras were. I asked one of the lions why they didn't try hunting differently, why not try to go where the zebras were. He roared that that wasn't what the other lions were doing.

I've heard the same people who complained about resumes, complaining that they want better than typical jobs. That they don't want to be just like everyone else. I asked them why they were making resumes just like everyone else. And they said it was because that's what everyone else was doing.

"But you want a job that's better than everyone else?'

On my last day hanging out with the lions, one did start walking off. I chased after him asking where he was going. He said that he was going to go hunt somewhere else. He was sick of eating gazelles. He was going to find some zebras. I wished him the best of luck and walked back to the pride.

One of the lions at the pride remarked how the young lion who'd run off would starve to death. And then he remarked, "God damn I'm sick of eating gazelles. Wish I had some zebras."

I returned to that pride the next year, and half of them had starved to death due to a gazelle shortage. I held my tongue on the subject of why they didn't go hunting where the zebras were, in fear of being eaten myself. I just simply nodded as the lions told me how the jungle needed to just produce more gazelles and that would fix everything.

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    @abrahamKim haha.... I love this parable. Message so clear. It's funny how we all do this, young and old and we expect some magical difference in outcome.

    Could it be fear? or just seeking for social approval/permission?

    Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Mar 24, 2019 20:42:17
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      What's the # 1 reason for seeking social approval/permission though? I argue Fear.

      I argue we are binary creatures. All our decisions are driven by either Love or Fear.

      Someone told me that they think hate is also a variable. But I see Hate simply as an abstraction on top of fear.

      Abe avatar Abe | Mar 25, 2019 22:04:29
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