DailyRi 028: Why I'm NOT Recruiting for Internships/Full Time Jobs
FULL DISCLOSURE: I HAVE BEEN WANTING TO WRITE THIS POST SINCE SCHOOL STARTED & FINALLY FOUND THE COURAGE TO DO IT.
I AM NOT RECRUITING FOR INTERNSHIPs while i’m at ross & I HONESTLY DON’T EVEN THINK I’LL BE RECRUITING FOR A FULL TIME JOB NEXT YEAR.
* GASPS! *
BEFORE I EXPLAIN FURTHER, I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT GARY VAYNERCHUCK & HIS TEAM AT VAYNERMEDIA FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
i have been consuming their content more religiously than anything i’m assigned at school (whoops), & gary’s messages on not caring what others think has been hitting home for me. i was scared to write this post because i cared too much what my classmates (or others) would think about my unconventional approach to “doing business school.” there is so much pressure - esp at a school like ross - to interview with a ton of companies & race to land a full time job. although those were never my goals coming into ross, i was hesitant to be honest because i was insecure about what others would think.
i want a summer 2019 internship at vaynermedia working for gary vee doing whatever will help me learn the most from him & his team. he talks a lot about working for the person who is doing what you want to do, & that’s him. i don’t want to recruit for other internships because nobody else speaks to the kind of impact i want to create personally & professionally. i’ve been watching, learning & doing from afar, & now i want to be up close & center so i can learn as much as possible.
building off my last point, i’ve been relentlessly emailing gary vee every morning at 7:15AM snippets of my dailyri posts. i care less about him reading about my journey & more about him seeing that i’m legit listening. i’ve sent these emails through mailchimp so i can track his open rates, & while he has been opening the majority of my emails, he has unsubscribed three times. i’ve resubscribed him. three times. the old me would be so insecure about annoying or pestering him, but his lessons are the exact reason i’ll keep re-subscribing him.
IRONICALLY, GARY UNSUBSCRIBING FROM MY EMAILS TAUGHT ME TO UNSUBSCRIBE FROM OTHERS’ OPINIONS OF ME (INCLUDING HIS).
& consequently, i am caring less & less about what anyone thinks. why? because i care way more about the story i’m writing. the impact i want to have. the opportunities that i need to leverage. & i couldn’t have both, so i chose purpose over perception. the rest will fall into place.
so i’m not recruiting for other internships. i don’t want to work for bcg or procter & gamble or google. i want to work for someone who is doing the kind of work i can envision myself doing, who is using their platform to impact millions of people around the world through storytelling, empathy & radical love. getting over my self doubt has helped me find the courage to audaciously say that i want to do the same. i want to impact millions of people globally via digital media, & i am willing to play the long game to get there.
at best, my relentlessness, consistency & vision will land me an internship with vaynermedia this summer. at worst, it will help me continue growing into the leader i need to become in order to create the kind of impact i want to have.
I WIN REGARDLESS.