The Storm, or “An unconventional job interview”

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Preparing-for-the-Storm

Today I had a very unconventional job interview. Yes – I am kind of job hunting again…

Well, truth is, I actually find that in Shanghai you can easily get the chance to end up with quirky job interviews, face to face with “weird bosses”. It seems to happen inside and outside mad men’s advertising world. A lot of start-ups especially, where they look for enterpreneurial people. That’s how they say it – dangerous buzzword, when you job hunt.

So today, in a coffee shop in Pudong, I met up with Mr. J.Y. His company organizes outdoor experiences all over China. He spoke with French accent, wore a Quechua suit as he was just came back from camping. A former employee of “Decathlon”, he now preaches for a slow lifestyle, with a dedication for nature and outdoor.

For this reason, for such a character, we quickly ended up talking about “the storm”, aka life’s setbacks. This happened when he asked me why I didn’t just go back to Europe for a quiet living. So I thought about a quote I read earlier today. And I replied: I need a “storm” right now. I need to go through some storms in order to become a better man.

J.Y. understood the metaphor. But he also asked me how can I find my “Perfect Storm”, if I keep running away.

He then insisted I was not the right person for the job, as my Chakra was full of melancholia. He ended up saying: “Boy, you are still look for a job. But you should be looking for a purpose.”

This was the quote, I’d like to share it with you:

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” 

H. Murakami

 

 

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