Trying | Career Angles

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
How often do you give up instead of trying again?

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Hi, I’m Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, and people hire me for no BS career advice.

I thought I would do something today about trying. And, no, I’m not going to quote Yoda. But I’m going to say to you very simply when you do something for the first time, when you try and make a change, does it work the first time? If it did, that’s great, you’re unusual. And sometimes the second time it didn’t work as well as the first. It requires effort to change a habit. It requires effort usually to get better at something, right?

Like when you took your first, I don’t know, penmanship course (if they still do that kind of stuff. I know they did when I was a kid back in The Stone Ages). But the first time you had a write, this is gonna be funny, for some of you, cursive handwriting, you were awful, right?

It gets progressively more difficult to do new things as we get older, because we become much more rigid. And when we try, we’re very happy to catch ourselves doing the wrong thing and reject ever trying again. Like . . .  I’m not gonna give examples.

When you’re practicing when you’re learning to interview. The first time you interview when you’re 16, or 18 years old, or however old you are, the first interview go on, you sucked. That’s the reality to it. You weren’t any good at it. But with effort and trying and repetition, you got better. Same thing in your career.

Ever have to present at a meeting? The first time you presented, you worked really hard at it. It may not have been particularly good. It was okay. But with effort and repetition and practice, you got better. A

The same thing happens about things related to job search. Being effective in your career with hiring, better managing and leading, just because it didn’t work the first time, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it a second, or third or ninth time because you’ll get better at it through practice.

Great athletes will practice and rehearse, right? Entertainers rehearse, but job hunters, professionals in their career, think that, you know, ‘I should know how to do this kind of stuff.’ When I’m asked to do something new, I’m not going to be good at it. I’m going to be embarrassed. And you just have to break through the wall of self imposed limitations and through repetition get better.

Practicing the right thing over time will help you get better. Whether it’s riding a bike, driving a car, or anything else you’ve learned to do in your life, you’ve gotten better over the course of time. With job hunting skills, with leadership skills, with management skills, the same thing applies.

I hope you found this helpful. I’m Jeff Altman. My website is Go to the blog there. There’s a lot there that will help you. Plus, if you want to schedule time for paid coaching with me, you can do that at this site, as well. I’ve got some great courses there that you can rent or buy. In addition, I’ve got books and guides that you can order through Amazon. A lot there that will help.

Also, if we’re not already connected on LinkedIn, send a connection request to me at Have a terrific day and most importantly, be great!

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. He is hired to provide No BS Career Advice globally. That can involve job search, hiring staff, management, leadership, career transition and advice about resolving workplace issues. Schedule a discovery call at my website,

He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with over 2500 episodes.

I do a livestream on LinkedIn, and YouTube (on the account) Tuesdays and Fridays at 1 PM Eastern. You can send your questions about job search, hiring better, management, leadership or to get advice about a workplace issue to me via messaging on LinkedIn or in chat during the approximately 30-minute show.




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