2. But your life
is not a straight line: it has ups and downs, successes
and failures, highs and lows. These we can plot with the “ups”
above the line and the “downs” below the line.
Here is an
example of an early part of life
3. Now develop your
graph and the more you put into it the more useful it will
be. Take a large sheet of paper and detail the whole of your
life. Certain items will be highly personal so you may wish
to develop some form of code or use initials.
Note for the future:
Because of something psychologists “Attribution Theory”
Interviewers will ask more supplementary questions when you
share with them your below the line experiences so the rule
here is obvious : During the interview always talk above the
line. If you get taken below the line say something like “it
was good because if that had not happened then I would not
have been able to ……” and take your interviewer
back above the line.
Begin to list down every
one that you know – everyone. Most people can get
to a list of 120 plus names. We suggest that you carry a
card with you for a few days and once some one “pops
into your head” save their name. Do not contact them
Write a 750 word reference
on yourself – helps you think about yourself as an
What were your three earliest
memories as a child – how old were your and what happened?
(The memories must be yours and not what your parents have
told you). Ifs there a theme here?
Read the business pages
daily with the mind set “who would I like to work
for?” and “who needs my skills?”
Read one management book
a month in your area of expertise.
are you main interests out side work – if you have
a young family what were they when you had the time? What
skills did they manifest about you?