I understand why people are drawn to top-tier universities and blue-chip employers. When we aren’t sure where our path lies, often we simply strive to hit other people’s marks by being at the top of the class or working for the most-sought-after employers.
When we don’t know where we are headed, we might work hard to hit the same milestones everybody else is trying to hit, just to prove we can.

I understand that impulse and I don’t hold it against a person, but I want to know “Why did you go to that Ivy-League school?”
Sometimes the answer is “I wanted to go to that college because they had a program that fascinated me and spoke to me” and sometimes the answer is “I wanted to go to that college because I could get in, and I always want to be the best in everything I do!” It is terrifying to realize how many people simply aim to be The Best, not knowing why or what The Best even means.
I don’t care if someone has risen through the ranks in one or two companies, taken twists and turns throughout their career or jumped on and off the conveyor belt. Why would I care? I’ve been hiring people since the early eighties and I’ve never found that corporate-ladder-climbing people are any smarter or more resourceful than people who’ve never set foot in a corporate environment. It may be an inverse correlation, in fact.

There are smart and creative people everywhere. Corporations and institutions stupidly reject highly-qualified applicants every day, because they don’t fit the mold. That’s bad for them, but good for any leader smart enough to snap up those non-cookie-cutter folks!
I don’t care which tasks and duties someone has performed at their past jobs. I want to know something else. I want to know the answer to the question “What did you leave in your wake at each job you’ve held?”
I don’t care what someone got paid for their work, or whether they got paid at all. Why would that matter? If someone built a fantastic house and you need someone to build you a house, why would it matter whether they got paid to build the first house? That has nothing to do with anything.

I don’t care about gold stars like a person’s GPA in college or their awards and commendations. We are trained in our society to rely too much on other people’s approval, and to seek it out and even long for it. I don’t care about industry experience. New industries are springing up everywhere we look. Industry experience is more often a hindrance than a help, especially for organizations who want and need to innovate.
Employment gaps signal to me that a person is not afraid to shift course when it’s appropriate. I don’t care if someone is a different age than other people in the same job. In my first supervisory role at age 20, I hired a dozen customer service people. Some of them were my age.

One of my co-workers, Sally, was close to retirement when she started working with us. She was a lovely woman who spent all her free time with her horse. We learned about horses from Sally and our customers loved her. What does a person’s age have to do with their ability to do a job?
I couldn’t care less about your past or present salary. It’s irrelevant, just like the stupid questions that hidebound organizations ask job-seekers, including “What’s your greatest weakness?” and “Why should we hire you?” I hope that more and more job-seekers get up and walk out of insulting job interviews. When enough job applicants get up and leave, interviewers will get the message.
It’s a new day. Only the people who get you, deserve you. Not everyone will get you, and that’s okay.

The people who can’t see your brilliance are on their path, and you are on yours. Don’t waste your precious mojo wondering why someone doesn’t get you. There are seven billion people in the world. Not all of them will resonate at your frequency. Your job is to find the folks who do!


Sometimes it can feel very lonely being yourself in a business world full of clones and zombies, but don’t get discouraged. When you pay attention you will see that there are more and more humans in the workplace every day!

CREDITS TO:- Liz Ryan is the CEO and founder of Human Workplace. Follow her on Twitter