You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky
Waiting for the Opportunity
Have you ever found yourself wondering if you should even bother applying for a job? Maybe they’re asking for more experience than you have. Or perhaps it sounds like certain aspects are outside of your comfort zone. Maybe you found a job that would be perfect for you, but in the back of your mind you’re already telling yourself that there are going to be so many applicants you shouldn’t even bother trying.
Do you have a suggestion that might improve something within the company, but you’re not sure if your boss will like the suggestion? Take a cue from Wayne Gretzky.
Taking a Shot
Wayne Gretzky is the National Hockey League’s top goal scorer of all time. He scored 894 goals over his career. He also took 5,089 shots. That’s a success rate of 5.7%. That’s not bad, but it’s not amazing either. The hockey great didn’t only shoot the puck when he knew it was going to go in. If he did, he would have ended up with far fewer goals at the end of his career. He fired the puck often because he knew the only way to score, is to shoot.
Hitting the Mark
The same is true for your job search. If you don’t apply, you won’t get the job. If you don’t make the suggestion to your boss, he or she will never know you’re looking to improve the company. What’s the worst thing that can happen when you apply for a job you might be a little under experienced for? They don’t call back? Weigh that against the opportunity of getting a job you want! Worried about your boss not liking your idea? The worst thing that’ll happen is, your boss will turn you down, but they’ll know you’re thinking about improving things and they’ll remember that.
So take a shot because if you don’t, you’re guaranteed to miss.