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Many of you may wonder how in the world did I get an interview with (insert name here)? To be honest I just asked. I just tell them honestly how I feel. I feel that interviews today are a little flawed. They focus too much on what a person is doing and not enough on WHO that person really is. Who are they? What’s has been their greatest failure? What inspires them? How have they handled negativity? Like a potter who shapes clay, in a small way I want to give shape to these ones by asking them who they really are and sharing that with you.
While each individuals idea of success my be different, I believe that they share a common mentality. Now, why ask basically the same question to so many people? Why not mix it up? Simple. We’re all human. “[pqr]If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?[/pqr]” – (Act III, Scene I) The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. And that is so true! We so quickly forget that these leaders are human! In our minds they somehow transcend logic and reality and become “perfect”. Once they have become perfect in our eyes we have failed them as inspirations due to the fact that perfection is something unattainable – it’s impossible to reach.
You will find that each interview is like a polished diamond – unique in color, clarity and cut but nonetheless still a gem to read. And no, I don’t wish to bring out negativity or focus only on their mistakes. Rather, I want to show that it’s human to fail, to make mistakes and that it’s ok. It’s ok. Trust me it’s ok. You don’t have to be perfect. It’s ok to be human. They are all successes not because they learned not how to succeed at being perfect, but rather, how to succeed at failing.