“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions,” said Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.- one of history’s most distinguished members of the Supreme Court.

Reflect for a moment on Holme’s wisdom: “A mind stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”

Every time you search out a new job, and the trail proves to be a dead end…frustration takes the wind out of your sails.

Every interview that goes badly and leads to rejection… sparks a feeling of failure.

Every last-round candidacy where you almost land a job… sinks you into depression.

Those negative, self-destructive reactions earmark defeatist thinking.

Debrief yorself after each reversal, and you will usually find a wealth of learning about how to improve:

  • your resume,
  • your pitch,
  • your positioning,
  • your explanation of why you lost your last job,
  • and your plan for making your next job a success.

When does a setback become a real loss?  If you didn’t learn something new and important about yourself and your capabilities.

My new paperback “Use Your Head To Get Your Foot In The Door” is filled with even more job hunting tips and tricks.

About the author Harvey Mackay

Seven-time, New York Times best-selling author of "Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive," with two books among the top 15 inspirational business books of all time, according to the New York Times. He is one of America’s most popular and entertaining business speakers, and currently serves as Chairman at the MackayMitchell Envelope Company, one of the nation’s major envelope manufacturers, producing 25 million envelopes a day.

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