Brent Daily is finally contributing to the GDP again as a founder of RoundPegg, a company culture intelligence platform that quantifies culture to help companies hire for culture fit and engage employees.
You’re really good at what you do, but you were just passed over for a job that you would have killed. So what.
The typical hiring process is fantastically dysfunctional. There is little that’s right, so it feels quite random and unfair if you don’t land the gig. And that stings because we’ve deluded ourselves into thinking the job and the company were perfect (and we hate losing).
We never imagine what it would have been like to work there after the honeymoon period fizzled.
As the great philosopher George Costanza once said, “It’s not a lie if you believe it.” But failing to do our own diligence has its costs.
I know because I’ve also been willing to overlook red flags in order to win a job. And after “winning” the job at a then-hot startup, I proceeded to be miserable and an awful contributor for the next 7 months and 17 days. The light bulb went off when driving to work a stoplight turned from green to yellow. My body physically went slack with relief as I realized this was 45-seconds less that I’d have to spend in the office that day*. But those 227 days cost me:
- Confidence, which spilled over to our initial failed attempts to raise money (I wasn’t going to work for someone else again) and took almost two years to regain.
- Motivation to engage in the other important areas of my life — family, exercise and hobbies.