Of Experience and Exceptions

Whether you realize it or not, we could say that one of the most ‘controversial’ factors in assessing one’s employability, career, profession or vocation is that of experience. Tell you why.

While no one would really question the importance of experience, what I (and those who do have common sense) do question though are its misconceptions and issues, from some of the most common to the most overlooked.

First. What does experience actually reflect? Expertise?? Or rather just pride of the conventional minds? If it’s expertise then people, tell us in your most sensible way why, why would experience be even a gauge of one’s mastery? Traditional recruiters, hiring managers and supposed leaders bizarrely look for experience before hiring. Yes, it is bizarre. As it’s just been so stereotypical that these guys don’t even realize that there’s this thing called ‘exception to the rule’ – just like education and everything else in life. Could it be due to their lack of common sense?

For thinking people: It does not really matter if a quote or principle came from someone popular or not – what matters is if it really makes sense, if it’s fair, just and helpful

Second. Now, why do you look for experience (and talent) when companies like you don’t really give a damn to the less experienced (yet talented)? Being biased and lazy by just shortlisting applicants based on formal education and desired experience would only net you ordinary birds, or regular performers. Remember, eagles do not fly in flocks.

For if you simply hire the one with the most experience or favor the one who came from a more renown company, then obviously, you do not understand what true potential is – no matter how ‘new’ the recruitment model you use.

Third. If you are a proponent of the “6,000 repetitions make tasks second nature” then what does that make you? A slow learner. Imagine just how many times you need to repeat things just to learn and master something! No wonder you don’t know how to spot real talents, you can’t even learn from your own mistakes. Thence, you’d just rely on luck!

Experience does not necessarily mean competence as intelligence can offset any lack of experience

Think about this. The ‘second nature’ that proponents are talking about actually just diminished creativity as they are then unable to see ‘outside-the-box’. Unless you’re doing a mechanical job (like say factory workers), only then would ‘second nature’ be helpful. But if you’re dealing with like people and business flows then ‘second nature’ is out of the question. What you need is just an overview then everything afterwards depend on your brain and character. Do you follow?

Fourth. Thinking ‘outside-the-box’ is simply about disruptiveness. Look, how can you (and whatever you are promoting) even be called disruptive if you do not have the courage to shake the core of the matter?? Therefore, soft power is then just an unconscious excuse for those who does not really have the highest of creativity, moreover, the ability to challenge the status quo; and so, this is why they just try to look pleasant to everyone to get that attention.

Fifth. What’s the difference anyway of 2 months compared to 2 years or even 20 years of experience? It’s all the same! Experience is only a repetition of tasks; and no matter what the changes in business are (basically due to technology and politics), it’s your brain and character that would decide on things. Hence, guess who could see the bigger picture then? The experienced?? What a pity, still can’t get it do you?

Sixth. What, experience is the best teacher?? Again, there are exceptions to the rule mister and these are those who are highly intelligent and imaginative. They do not need 6,000 repetitions (like most do) to be an expert in anything. They do not need 20 years (like most do) of whatever just to prove their competence. All they need is real interest. For the fact is, they learn even before they have experienced something.

What you learn from the experience of others is more valuable than your own work experience

Business is just common sense and only the slow-witted and the less talented would say otherwise as all they have is ego while real achievers, they could see beyond what mere mortals could.

Seventh. Do you even understand what ‘transferability’ is? Related experience, if you can see the connection, is no different from exact experience. Say a homemaker (simple as you may think) with his hospitality and multitasking ability could be great for customer support or CRM, all he needs is proper onboarding. For those who want a career change, same goes. A school teacher with his attention to detail and teaching adeptness would be quintessential for training and development or HR. A sports coach (team) with his strategizing and motivating skills as well as recognition of teamwork could be a perfect CEO or at the very least, a Department Head. Yes, just as a thought leader with his vision and desire for betterment would be an excellent Advisor or President.

Of course not all such individuals are a fit as even in any organization (or nation), there’s a good president and a bad president. This is why you don’t just choose any candidate (traditional or unconventional sources) based on your biased entrance exam (or traditional interview) but on how one would think and react to actual circumstances that happened in your organization. Best way here is to do an unbiased interview, otherwise, do select through a practical test (or essay). Just do not be lazy and seek the easy way out. More importantly, never think that sourcing unconventionally is a big risk. Absolutely not but hiring stereotypically is – if you really want to land game-changers!

The Exception to the Rule: The Highly Intelligent and Imaginative

Mind you, everything is just common sense unless you’re a slow learner and thus scared to be challenged, only then would you be prideful and adamant. See?? This is why the best actually comes from raw or unusual sources – just as diamonds are sourced from the earth’s mantle and not from jewelry stores.

Eighth. Examine this myth. If you’re employed or come from a Forbes 500 100 company, it means you’re great. What?? Who told you? How ridiculous, such idea must have come from conventional minds! Because the highly intelligent are innately confident and creative, therefore, would definitely not agree to such myth as competence (nor intelligence) is not determined by one’s organization, position or even alma mater. For even in terms of EQ, the most empathetic are those who are having a tough life. The most resilient are those who are having a tough life. The most hardworking are those who are having a tough life. Empathy emanates not from those who live in mansions and sitting in power or fame (nor from those who are influenced by such people and lifestyle) but those who had a tough life yet remain ‘pure’.

In the end, don’t let power drown you – for if not for connections then you are at a Forbes 100 company only because of society’s ignorance and recruitment bias. Experience per se? That’s just a lot of BS really, nothing else. Ego and stereotyping would only expose your deficiencies, so let it go and make way for the exception to the rule.

This is #TheGreatLight.