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I found this and thought about sharing it with the board.
“H.R. executives of major corporations were asked for stories of unusual behaviour by job applicants. The responses were:

Job Interview

1. "...stretched out on the floor to fill out the job application."
2. "She wore a Walkman and said she could listen to me and the music at the same time."
3. "A balding candidate abruptly excused himself. Returned to the office a few minutes later, wearing a hairpiece."
4. "...asked to see interviewer's resume to see if the executive was qualified to judge the candidate."
5. "...announced she hadn't had lunch and proceeded to eat a hamburger and French fries in the interviewer's office - wiping the ketchup on her sleeve."
6. "Stated that, if he were hired, he would demonstrate his loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm."
7. "Interrupted to phone his therapist for advice on answering specific interview questions."
8. "When I asked him about his hobbies, he stood up and started tap dancing around my office."
9. "At the end of the interview, while I stood there dumb-struck, went through my purse, took out a brush, brushed his hair, and left."
10. "... Pulled out a Polaroid camera and snapped a flash picture of me. Said he collected photos of everyone who interviewed him."
11. "Said he wasn't interested because the position paid too much."
12. "During the interview, an alarm clock went off from the candidate's brief case. He took it out, shut it off, apologized, and said he had to leave for another interview."
13. "A telephone call came in for the job applicant. It was from his wife. His side of the conversation went like this: 'Which company? When do I start? What's the salary?' I said, 'I assume you're not interested in conducting the interview any further.' He promptly responded, 'I am, as long as you'll pay me more.' I didn't hire him, but later found out there was no other job offer. It was a scam to get a higher offer."
14. "Candidate said he really didn't want to get a job, but the unemployment office needed proof that he was looking for one."
15.



Fun and Bootcamp

At first, I didn’t quite understand the concept that Tim was introducing. I have to admit to be even critical of it. He proposed “have a party” when you go to a club. It was hard for me to remove the outcome orientation of “getting laid” from the pickup equation. I thought I was cheating myself.

However, the evidence is overwhelming. People are more productive when they are enjoying what they are doing. Work and play should go together.

Side note: excessive orientation to work or a specific outcome will render you unproductive.

One night on BC, I spent the whole night monitoring and maintaining my student’s state. Next day I asked them to draw a chart of their state throughout the night. Coincidentally, they did their best job when the chart hit peak or “functional” state.

The Way of the Master

“My father actually moved out from Chicago just so he could play tennis 365 days a year, so it was - it was a place we played every day. We played before school. We played after school. We woke up. We played tennis. We brushed our teeth in that order.” (Andre Agassi)

Enjoying the process is not new. There is no outcome dependence in Agassi’s quote.

Having a vacation when you go to a club is where you are going to find the meat of your practice. Take a holiday in the club, relax, shoot the shit with a girl, take it easy and find your party in the party.

You won’t find a master at anything that doesn’t enjoy what he does for the sake of it. Find a way to like going to clubs and talking to chicks. Outcome dependence takes the fun out of it. I am likely to have more fun on the dance floor when I don’t have any real outcome except for dancing.

Have Small and Achievable Goals

This works for me. If I am able to chunk down anything that I am doing into something smaller and seemingly attainable, it is likely to get me going faster than having impressive outcomes to get. If I dance, I am going to focus on doing one move the entire night until I have it down. I don’t care if I don’t get it right half the time. But one simple move. No more.

Can I read a chapter of a book at a time? I focus on reading a chapter only. I don’t care about the rest of the book.

This is applicable to approaching women too.

You need to find the process that works for you.

Typewriters

Some writers stick to their old typewriters for a reason. I thought it was stupid but I found the reason why they do this. They don’t want to be distracted with internet or anything at their fingertips. Readily available information can be a huge distraction and production will go down. Too bad we are hooked on the internet as a source of entertainment.

To Be Continued

.....when asked how he writes, Frederick Forsyth has a simple answer. "With a typewriter." He admits this is to avoid the more difficult business of describing his creative process, but it also means he can celebrate old friends. There was the steel-cased portable he used as a foreign correspondent in the 1960s. "It had a crease across the lid which was done by a bullet in Biafra. It just kept tapping away. It didn't need power, it didn't need batteries, it didn't need recharging. One ribbon went back and forward and back until it was a rag, almost, and out came the dispatches."

There you go. Minimalistic but effective. This guy has written plenty of bestsellers using this old fashioned tool.
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#1
Abower

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Awwwwwww! no personal stories this time...

Maybe the next article, eh Ozzie? teeth
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subx

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GOOD ARTICLE.

I just did the "small and achievable goals" thing today.  I went to the store and approached the hottest cashier's aisle. :D

Someday it will be real chicks instead of hired-guns!
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Firewater

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I like your stuff Ozzie.  It's very professional and very concise.  I get a lot out of it because it's mellow but to the point.  Professional.
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Occam

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Increase word limit on instructor articles so they don't get cut short or have to be in 13 part installments.
ktnkxbye
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Mongo

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I LOVE IT, I HAVE BEEN CALLING FOR A STRIPED DOWN VERSION OF THE GAME.

since i have slowed down i have seen major success

great work ox
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Laaavish

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"They don’t want to be distracted with internet or anything at their
fingertips. Readily available information can be a huge distraction and
production will go down. Too bad we are hooked on the internet as a
source of entertainment."


haha no shit. I'm trying to write an essay and here I am reading this article.

Helpful article but I don't get the relevance of the strange interviews list. confused
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Jack Hammer

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great article ozzie.. really enjoy you're posts!

so simple but very effective!
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Ozzie man you're like a mind reader...whatever article you write relates to me at my current situation. Great Job!
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Benny

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So are you saying you should not be outcome dependent when going for a job interview?
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Laaavish wrote:
Helpful article but I don't get the relevance of the strange interviews list. confused
Have the same feeling. (and don't think those weird people were hired, actually)
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n8dog24

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Laaavish wrote:


Helpful article but I don't get the relevance of the strange interviews list. confused


I agree.  Could you explain the relevance if there is any?
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Euphoria777

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 Great article ozzie. I've been encountering the "all work, no play syndrome" lately, and I've slowly started coming to the same conclusion; thanx for the boost!

been loving your latest batch of articles, keep 'er up!
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Ozzie

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actualy the article was written before he published his memoirs. still i decided to let the agassi's quote in.  i think the idea is still valid. he contradicts himself in the memoirs with things he had said before. 
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Ozzie

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as to the relevance of the quotes, you are right. now that i look at it, it has little or nothing to do with the rest of the article. at the time i wrote it I thought it was relevant.
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Whorelord~

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I thought they meant that the applicants didn't actually like the job they were applying for.
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Lemax

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Oye Osbaldo,

Fijate que por lo que contaste de que disfrutabas mas bailando, no se si te pase a ti ésto que me pasa a mi.
Estoy 100% mas enamorado de estar en la pista que estar con una chica. Claro que se baila con una chica, pero mi goce es el sentir en la música. Y si la chica sabe seguir, o dejarse llevar, lo máximo para mi es bailar una o dos canciones con los ojos cerrados entre toda la gente.
Ni me importa si los piso, me pisan o lo que sea.  Es como un éxtasis donde solo siento al 100% placer en expresarme con el cuerpo al compás de timbales, congas, guiros, trompetas, la clave y su son montuno!!

Saludos.

Alex
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Ozzie

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Lemax wrote:
Oye Osbaldo,

Fijate que por lo que contaste de que disfrutabas mas bailando, no se si te pase a ti ésto que me pasa a mi.
Estoy 100% mas enamorado de estar en la pista que estar con una chica. Claro que se baila con una chica, pero mi goce es el sentir en la música. Y si la chica sabe seguir, o dejarse llevar, lo máximo para mi es bailar una o dos canciones con los ojos cerrados entre toda la gente.
Ni me importa si los piso, me pisan o lo que sea.  Es como un éxtasis donde solo siento al 100% placer en expresarme con el cuerpo al compás de timbales, congas, guiros, trompetas, la clave y su son montuno!!

Saludos.

Alex
yo solo bailo al ritmo de la clave y el guiro. Viva Mejico, cabrones!
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