Progress Your Career Using Wise Lessons From Roald Dahl’s Stories

It’s Roald Dahl day today, 13th September 2017. With all his many amazing children’s
stories with so many wise and wonderful messages in them it would be rude to let the day pass without highlighting some lessons to help you in your job search, interview quest and ultimately help you move forward in your career.

Roald Dahl wisdom to help you in your job search, interviews & move forward in your career

“You’ll never get anywhere if you go about what-iffing like that.”  Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

A great lesson when you’re doubting yourself, fretting about whether to apply for a job you really want or worrying about a job interview. When you hear yourself what-iffing recognise it as a barrier to where you want to get to and, turn it on its head – what if (insert the opposite, the positive alternative). If you want to move forward, let go of negative what ifs.

“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog.” Matilda Wormwood 

When you apply for a job and take to the interview seat, be all in. Don’t half heartedly apply, don’t allow your nerves to eat at your enthusiasm and drive for the job. Go all in, be all you and go the whole hog. Nerves or no nerves, give it everything you’ve got, and leave the interview proud you gave it your best. The rest will fall in to place, even if it takes a while.

“Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn’t be exciting if they didn’t.” Danny, The Champion of the World

When you encounter nerves or self doubt, try perceiving them as excitement instead. Just because you’re scared, just because you’re uncomfortable doesn’t mean you can’t do it or won’t give your best interview. Allow yourself to remember and be clear on what your excitement and drive for the job is, what you love doing and what you can’t wait to do in that role. Go in with that energy. “Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn’t be exciting if they didn’t.”

“Having power is not nearly as important as what you choose to do with it.” Roald Dahl

When you reach the job you want, when you get that power and influence you have been dreaming of, take heed of Roald Dahl’s advice and choose what you do with that power wisely. Use it to affect positive change, to make a difference and add value to processes, customers and others around you. Reach back and help those below you who are where you once were.

“If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.” Roald Dahl

So true. Continue to learn and gain more knowledge, new perspectives and learn from others in the same and different fields. Keep reading, keep listening. You can start with the books and resources I recommend here to help you on the road to move forward in your career.

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” The Minpins

My most favourite quote. “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” You have to believe, you have to keep the faith in yourself and in what is coming your way. You never know what is round the corner, you never know what opportunities will come knocking from left field, ones we never saw coming. They absolutely are often hidden in the most unlikely places. Be professional, be curious, be kind and respectful to all you encounter and be open to finding your next opportunity in the most unlikely places.

Over to you

What is your favourite lesson from Roald Dahl that you can put in to practice to help you get to the next step on your career ladder?

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