Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo where once again, I am just looking for answers to live a better life and sharing what I find out along the way. Yesterday, I felt like I was letting myself become a little too lazy. I needed to get up and exercise, I needed to get out and get my blood pumping again. I have a collection of soft dumbbell weights and ankle weights. So, I figure why wait? Get out and walk.
So it was a cool later September Evening. I was not going to walk far, so I figured I would use my 5 Pound Ankle Weights and my 5 Pound Soft Dumbbell Weights. I would be carrying 20 Extra Pounds. I put on my walking jeans, my gym shoes and strapped on the ankle weights. I noticed I had to walk very deliberately. No jerking motions, the ankle weights want to keep moving forward when you put your feet down. I grabbed my MP3 player, my head phones and my soft dumbbells.
I walked at a nice steady pace for my first lap around my apartment complex. I could notice the difference 5 pound dumbbells make over the 3 pound kind. It does not seem like much, 5 pounds per hand, but you never put the weights down. I was moving through 3 different lifts while I was walking; biceps curls, overhead shoulder lifts and chest press or shadow punches. Again, I never put the weights down; 10, 20, 30 reps of each exercise and then straight into the next lift.
My shoulders started feeling sore, and I had to walk nice and steady, 5 pounds in each hand and 5 pounds strapped to each ankle. I noticed just walking at a steady pace took more effort and more of my attention. Thank God for my MP3 player and another playlist of my favorite songs. I felt like Robocop, Robo-Joe; so what should I call this exercise? Mega-Power Walking! I had done my Power Walks, Super Power Walks with Hand Grips, Ultra Power Walks with the 3 Pound Soft Dumbbells, so now I am up to Mega-Power Walks. 1st lap down and I am remember the Mega-Powers tag team; Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage. It is amazing the way your minds can wander if you let it.
I began to break a sweat on my second lap. I am not sure how far one lap is, somewhere between a quarter-mile and a half mile I suppose. I usually power walk between 3 and 4 miles, but tonight is more of a test drive. Just get my technique down. I had to step deliberately, don’t rush things. I would never run with ankle weights on, you have to move smoothly; ankle weights tend to jerk around a bit. I also had to pay attention to the way I was lifting the hand weights, I had to keep them under control. It was a cool brisk September Night. I start thinking Body for Life workouts instead of the more tradition Powerhouse versus Planet Fitness Workouts. It’s only the second lap and I am sweating up a storm. I wonder how much more I have in me.
One more lap I say. This is just a test drive, I will be out here all through the autumn and if things go well through the winter also. One more lap. Three laps should do it. It felt like about 30 minutes, it might have been only 15. I did not break any speed records; I was not showing off with tons of weights. I was walking in long sleeve thermals and blue jeans. No one would mistake me for a super athlete, but I felt like I had done the work. I was earning my keep. I was sweating and my blood was pumping and it was nowhere near hot outside. 20 extra pounds made all the difference in the world. Yeah Mega-Power Walking, I need to fit this in at least once a week.
Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo, where I try to have an interesting take on life and give advice that I think is worth following. So today I want to paraphrase a funny story and give you my tongue in cheek “A-ha Moment” that I took from it. It is not often you will relate a story about 1980’s Rock and Roll Excess with how to ace any interview with only two answers; but this is 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo. Give me a minute and let me set up the scene.
Ok, so I was surfing You-Tube and found a documentary on one of the Biggest Rock and Roll Bands of the 1980s. Coming off of their Second Album and First Headlining Tour, this group were about to release their Third Album and go back out on the road. They were looking for a new Head of Security that would be assigned to their very flamboyant Lead Singer. The candidate for the Head of Security job said the interview with the Lead Singer went something like the following. The first thing he said to me was; “We are known for having lots of backstage parties, are you ok with that?” The candidate answered “Yes!” The second question was; “There are always a lot of people around (Remember I am paraphrasing) are you ok with that?” Again the answer was, “Yes!” The third question; “Ok but can you Roller Skate?” To which he answered “I can learn!”
So there you have it, when faced with a Job interview there are only really two answers you need to nail it! “Yes” and “I can learn!” Ok, there may be a little more to it than that, you may have to give more details but it really is that simple. When you are called in for an interview it is because you fit at least two-thirds to three-quarters of what the company is looking for in a candidate. I am not telling you to Party Like a Rock star any more than I am telling you to apply for a job as the head of Security for the biggest Rock Band on the Planet; I am saying you need the confidence to be able to say two things, “Yes, I can take care of this” and “I can learn!” You may have to give an example of how you might handle or have handled a given situation, but you should have the confidence that you are the right person for the job. You don’t have to over-do it!
So, maybe you think I am all wrong with this approach? Ok, let me ask you a question; “How many times have you got the job by saying “I don’t know how to do this and I am unwilling to learn?” Now let me ask you another question; “How many times have you known everything you need to know about a job before you got the job?” If you know everything about the job are you still growing your career?
So I am saying “Be confident and have fun and be willing to learn!” You will work a lot harder if you like what you are doing. Studies have shown this time and time again. Don’t believe me, you know the drill; search it out for yourself, or pass on this advice. It was free either way. So how long do “know-it-all’s last anyway. You may say “Come on Joe give me a break!” (Hint about the band I am talking about in my example) to which I say you only need two answers to ace any job interview! “Yes” and “I can learn!”
P.S. One break coming up!