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Gorilla Theory

Gorilla Theory says: We're all a bunch of fucking gorillas, and acknowledging this and acting accordingly will lead to better results.

Or something.

So today was Saturday, I was hanging out in the office trying to catch up on work when one of my younger staff come in. He's German, really high upside and talented guy. I hired him to do sales because he's got iron willpower, he's massively cocky, he understands rapid learning, and he's fanatic about measurement and metrics and systems-thinking. When interviewing and I asked him to rate himself on a scale of 1 to 10 in every skill, he gave himself mostly 10's. When "sales skills" came up, he said, "I've never done sales... but once I get started, I think 8 out of 10."

This, of course, rubs people the wrong way. My colleague had a, "Who the fuck is this kid?" type reaction. Me? I love it! I told him during our second interview that he's either an A-player or an F-player, and asked him some questions as to whether he's coachable, whether he can learn, how he handles (inevitable) rejection, etc, and I took him on.

He's blowing my expectations away.

Persistence and Pete the Cat

On like an apple

My younger son just read aloud to me (three times) the lovely book Pete the Cat. It's about a cat whose beautiful new white shoes get all dirty in various ways. Pete is not put out by this: he loves his shoes in all their colors and states of being. He sings his love aloud. And

the moral of Pete's story is: No matter what you step in, keep walking along and singing your song......because it's all good.

I enjoyed the book a lot, but it also made me thoughtful, partly because of two other things that I read today. One was a nice post on veraiconica's blog, with this quote:

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements,and impossibilities: It is this,that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.

It's from Thomas Carlyle, an interesting but rather polarizing figure, whose own "strength" could I guess be debated. But I do think that it contains truth. I tell my boys that "persistence" is one of the things that characterizes our little family. We do not give up. Everyone makes mistakes and fails and falls short of his or her dreams. But some people keep trying. I am committed to try.

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