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A Message To Garcia

A Forgotten Man Named Rowan Teaches Us That The World Craves People Who Will Just Go And Get The Job DONE.

A Forgotten Man Named Rowan Teaches Us That The World Craves People Who Will Just Go And Get The Job DONE.

A Word Of Sympathy For Business Owners Dealing With Slipshod Assistance, Foolish Inattention, Dowdy Indifference, And Half-Hearted Work.

By Rich Harshaw

Note: About once a month, Monopolize Your Marketplace takes a break from contractor marketing advice and focuses on personal development topics. We call this ongoing series “Personal Edge.” Enjoy!

Like all business owners, I find it challenging to find employees with the right combination of skillset, attitude, initiative, and passion.

And since Monopolize Your Marketplace is a “virtual company”—meaning we have no physical office and everyone works alone, from home—finding people with real initiative is EXTRA critical.

That’s why I developed a little test several years ago designed to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. I created a little questionnaire that I have people fill out instead of looking at resumes. The questionnaire has twenty questions that ask the kind of stuff you’d expect—tell me about a time you worked well in a deadline situation, what other positions are you considering, how do you feel about working from home—like that.

But question twenty-first question is the real doozy.

It says: Google A Message To Garcia and find the essay by Elbert Hubbard. Read the essay and answer the following three questions:

  1. What are you overall impressions of the essay?
  2. Name three times in your life where you’ve performed like Rowan in the essay.
  3. How do you think this essay might apply to your potential job with us?

And that essay, A Message To Garcia, is what I’d like to talk to you about today.
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