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Are you a freak?

Last Tuesday I finally got to see Tom Peters! speak, no, go crazy in person at the World Business Forum New York 2005.

One of his most memorable bits! was HIRE FREAKS!

Never hire a human being who had a 4.0 in college. If they had a perfect GPA, it means they bought the act and never screwed around. Now a 2.0 is probably not so good. But the ones who had 3.0, yeah! Those are the freaks you want!

If people like Tom Peters want to hire freaks, it makes you wonder why you'd worry more about your grades than about doing crazy stuff that turns you on. Makes me feel sorry for the kids starting their senior year, whom I'd encourage to start (finally!) thinking about what they really want to do and figure out a way to get paid to do it, who would say "I'm just so busy with school. I don't have time to worry about getting a job now," the same kids who'll either be crying about not having a job when they graduate or be crying themselves to sleep next fall because they hate the jobs they desperately settled for at the last minute. So sad.

! If you don't know who Tom Peters is, click here to start learning.

And see 6 reasons why Tom loves freaks on slide 41 of his World Business Forum PowerPoint presentation that you can download here.

Posted by Ian Ybarra on 17 September 2005 Permalink

TheFacebook isn't helping

I see all the fun people have customizing their profiles on TheFacebook.com (it's Friendster for college kids) to say in their profiles' "Personal" sections:

Interested in: Random Play
Relationship status: Married to [insert name of whichever friend makes for the funniest statement]

They're choosing one label for each of the following two categories.

Interested in:
A Relationship
Random Play
Whatever I can get

Relationship status:
In a Relationship
In an Open Relationship

And that's all good, but I don't understand why those categories and labels are restricted to the "Personal" section. How is it that when you get to the "Professional" section, there's no "Interested in:" or "Relationship status"? It just goes straight into...

Job Type:
Job Title:
Job Description:
Work History:

...which is ridiculous since most users of TheFacebook have nothing to show for that at all.

Here I am trying to get young people to start thinking and talking about what they really want to do before the B.S., or at least before they're broken, and TheFacebook, the one thing most college students work really hard on, is not helping at all. The least they could do is set up the "Professional" profile section so that kids could let the world know that that part of their life can also be described as...

Interested in: Whatever I can get
Relationship status: Single

Then, if TheFacebook added another field...

Stuff I really want to be involved with but never tell anyone: baseball, guitars, and gadgets

...imagine the possibility.

Posted by Ian Ybarra on 17 September 2005 Permalink

Why Do (Did) You Want To Go To A "Good" College?

Because, in my friend Gabe Rosen's own words, "one thing that so often gets lost amid all the [college admissions] strategies is why you really want to go somewhere in the first place," he just wrote "a letter to the kid that we all might have been six years ago" about his own experience with choosing colleges, attending colleges, and how he feels about it all now that it's over.

Gabe only asked for my thoughts (and Ramit Sethi's), but I think it's such great stuff that all high school students and their parents should get the chance to read it. So enjoy! And pass it around.

See it on Gabe's blog (preceded by one of his self-proclaimed "typical long-winded introductions")

Or download the PDF (gets you right to the meat, and at only 36 KB, it's great for sending to parents and grandparents who love to forward e-mail attachments that their children don't want).
Why Do You Want To Go To A "Good" College? A Letter To A High School Senior

Posted by Ian Ybarra on 17 September 2005 Permalink

Your weekend or your life

Last Friday (or Thursday or Wednesday or the end of every work week, actually), one of the most commonly used phrases in office spaces everywhere was...

Enjoy your weekend!

While there's nothing inherently wrong with those well wishes, it does sadden me to think that the weekend really is the only time many people enjoy.

To make sure we don't end up like that, we should each ask ourselves a simple question when making any career decision, because we really do have a choice.

Do I want to enjoy my weekend, or my life?

Posted by Ian Ybarra on 5 September 2005 Permalink