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Years ago, I met someone who was my first KNOWN dream stealer. I had just written my first book and was very protective of it. I named it, “Hire Me Secrets Of Job Interviewing.” I didn’t know if it was well written or would be successful, but that really didn’t matter to me at time. The sole purpose was to help people get job offers.
I owned a Recruiting/Staffing firm in Phoenix Arizona. Every day it was my job to prepare our candidates to interview with our client companies for new career opportunities. The book had all ingredients necessary to show how to get in game of interviewing, answer questions that most of our clients asked, get job offer, and make a decision.
I didn’t market book or even tell anyone about it. Why??
Because I was so afraid that someone, especially someone in same business I was in, would see it and make fun of me for writing it.
Be careful what you focus on.
A couple of months after writing book dream stealer entered my office.. She picked up my book and said very sarcastically, “You have got to be kidding ...YOU wrote a book?”
Embarrassed I said, “Yes, all I am trying to do is help our clients get a job and to also be aware that interviewing is a game, so they shouldn’t take it personally.”
In response, she said, “I am also writing a book about interviewing. At present time it is all in my head. It’s ok though because I have a mind like a computer. All chapters are compartmentalized, I even have a clear picture of my cover. I must say however MY book is MUCH thicker than yours and much “meatier” In fact, I noticed that your chapter on resumes is just a few pages, mine has over 100 pages so far.”
I don’t know what came over me but I saw her for what she was in that instant. A DREAM STEALER, AN INTIMIDATOR, A BULLY.
“You know difference between your goal and mine???” I said. “No what?” She replied.
“Your goal is still in your head.....I wrote mine down in form of a book.”
Sweet revenge.............Is her book done to date........NO! Did my book get picked up by a major publisher because it was simple, easy to read, and could help thousands of people get a job? YES!
I tell you this story because I was reminded just weeks ago about all Dream Stealers ™ that have come into my life over years. It was on this trip down memory lane that I realized