I was intrigued. How could anyone not be interested in understanding why even 24 people responded to the ad. The ad placement drew 2.7 million views, which is not a surprise. What was surprising was the fact that 24 people inquired about the toughest job in the world and participated in an interview.
The job title, Director of Operations, was certainly appealing. But after a quick review of the job requirements it is easy to see why even the most ambitious candidates quickly moved on.
The Toughest Job in the World:
- Standing up the majority of the time
- High level of stamina
- Degrees in medicine, finance and culinary arts necessary
- No vacations
- Holiday work required
- Working from 135 hours a week and sometimes 24 hours a day.
And even though the job posting indicated the job paid nothing, 24 people still applied. While only 24 people applied, 85 million women in America are doing the job today. The interviews with these 24 who applied for this job are priceless.
My mom turned 79 yesterday. She tirelessly fulfilled her role as a mom—great moms do. When I was a kid I didn’t even consider how much she poured into what may certainly be the toughest job in the world. Do any of us really fully comprehend how much the great encouragers in our lives poured into us?
Never Forget the People Who Count
Robert D. Smith, in his wonderful book 20,000 Days and Counting, offers sage advice writing, “Never forget the people who count in your life— not just parents but the other important people as well: teachers, mentors, spouses, friends, and more. Never forget what they’ve done for you. Honor them visibly. Let them know they matter and are critical to your life. Always.”
Behind every step of advancement we make in our life there is someone who did something to fuel our journey. Encouragers see who you are today and help equip you with the tools you will need to keep running when you hit the wall—consistently preparing you for bigger and better things that are coming your way.
Surround Yourself with Great People
Amazing growth and development occurs when someone helps open your eyes to fresh new possibilities. An encourager assesses your skills, evaluates progress, observes your work and engages you in dialogue.
A great encourager helps you win today and prepares you for the future.
Your potential is undeniable, but you will go through periods when you will harbor doubts. An encourager always has an eye on your potential.
Encouragers see who you are today and help equip you with the tools you will need to keep running when you hit the wall—consistently preparing you for bigger and better things that are coming your way.
Honor the Great People in Your Life
It is not officially Mother’s Day. And it is likely not your mom’s birthday today. But should you need a special day to show your appreciation? It is always a good day to honor the great people in our lives and especially the moms who make the toughest job in the world look easy.