The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is coming up soon and in the days leading up to the race, the world’s best drivers will be competing in time trials to determine who will start in the coveted pole position.
Why is it so important to start in first place? After all, the winner of last year’s race started in 15th place and the winner the year before that started in the 19th position. You have to go all the way back to 2009 to find a winner who began the race from the pole position. But still, everyone wants to start at the top.
What’s wrong with starting at the bottom? What’s wrong with an entry level position? In my opinion, there’s nothing wrong with it. I started at the bottom at almost every job I’ve ever had. My attitude is very simple; it doesn’t matter where you start as long as you start. I had an uncle who had multiple college degrees. He applied for many jobs over the years, always applying for upper level management positions. He was offered many jobs as a manager trainee and he received many offers to come in as an individual contributor with an opportunity to move into management. He turned them all down, each time saying that he had the skills for a higher level job and he shouldn’t have to prove himself.
I couldn’t have disagreed with him more and told him so many times but he would have none of it. To me it was simple. These companies didn’t know him. Why should they take the risk? They had every right to ask him to prove himself and frankly, if he would have taken one of those jobs he would have been able to work his way up to the position he coveted. Instead he looked for work for years and finally had no choice but to accept the only job he had available to him, which was as the rental manager of the houses I owned during my real estate investment years.
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