You are listening to Trinity employment’s, a player matchmaker podcast starring your host and the cofounder of Trinity employment specialists, Cory Minter. Hello and welcome back to the player matchmakers where we’re always trying to find different ways to add value to job seekers and employers. And the title of this podcast is taking initiatives. It’ll make a really big difference. And so what we’re wanting to try to address here is it doesn’t matter if you’re an employee or an employer, one of the biggest differentiators between the most successful, um, whether you’re an employee or an entrepreneur or an employer is just this, just this mindset of taking initiative and going for it, giving it your all, committing to being the very best that you can be and putting action behind it. I think it’s so important, especially right now in the employment in the employment market that we’re in because for employees taking initiative right now because the opportunities that are available because the shortage of workers, it’s a great opportunity to get your dream career or a job that you never thought would be possible because of the opportunities that are out there. And if you’re an employee or I’m sorry if you’re an employer and a manager in your own company or a manager in someone else’s company, taking initiative is really how you climb the ladder. That’s just what successful people do. They have for years. If you think about it, that is why America’s so great with our OKC Medical Staffing.
It’s because Americans have always been known to take initiative. You know, I go to Brazil at least twice a year. I think I’ll just go once this year and then I’m going to Israel later in the year. But I always make it a point to go out there and, and I am a part of a mission, uh, group that we go out and do some just amazing things in Brazil. But one of the things that, um, a good friend of mine in Brazil was talking about the other day is that like, you know, there’s a big difference between Brazilians and Americans. And I was like, Oh? What, what is it? I’m always curious about their viewpoint. And they said, Americans just push and they just make things happen. And you know, you’ll notice this if you went out and saw the culture in Brazil, and I’m not trying to talk badly in Brazil, the Brazilian people are some of the just most wonderful people that I’ve ever met in life. But when it comes to getting things done, a lot of it comes back to their history when they were overtaken, um, by the Portuguese and they were, uh, they were just oppressed and not given opportunity unless the government told them they could have it. And so it created a culture there that I, I understand it, but that’s why America’s so great is because we push and we make things happen. I know that as an entrepreneur if I don’t push, nothing will happen. But a lot of people who are employees and managers, they sometimes can rely on the company pushing in there and them not pushing things to be better. But taking initiative is such a big thing. So I want to talk about that real quick, but before we get started, um, the engagement figures, um, our stand about this is that 31.5% of employees are engaged, 51% are not engaged and 17.5% of actively are disengaged according to the department of labor. How interesting including our OKC Medical Staffing into this situation. And although the numbers are improving in recent years, the engagement has risen steadily and it’s jumping a little bit, but it’s still very obvious that something is very broken. So the number one point here is one of the key disadvantage dis, I’m sorry, distinguishing marks that I see in successful leaders all over the world. This area is just the willingness to take initiative. That’s what I was talking about. I’ve got a story here of um, a legendary New York ad man in the forties and 50s. His name was Lester Wunderman and he was fired from his job and Wunderman got up the next morning and went back to work anyway without pay. Now, this would never happen today because we’ve got locks on the doors and you’ve got to have a key card to get in. but the head of the agency, max sacrum ignored him for like a month
and he just kept going to work, kept going to work, kept showing up, and finally, max walked into his office saying, okay, you win. He said, I never saw a man who wanted a job more than he wanted money. We got to have you here now though, that is one of them, you know, a great story from the forties and 50s you hear these stories all the time about people doing something really kind of outrageously extraordinary and it’s just neat to hear stories like that where you just willed it through. I mean, it’s a feel-good story with great OKC Medical Staffing like ours, but listen to this. In this particular case, the gentleman that came to work, Wunderman, went on to become one of the most successful leaders in the history of advertising the entire industry and is widely regarded as the father of direct marketing.
And so here’s what we should think about. Oftentimes initiative requires a bold step from you today so that you can reach your potential tomorrow. Um, uh, oh, what, what is the guy that, uh, that there’s, there’s a book that I, that I read not long ago and um, um, Dave Ramsey, that’s who, that’s who wrote the book, um, about money and finances and he said, you live like today. You live like no one else today so you can live like no one else tomorrow. And I implemented that a long time ago. I and my wife did. And that right there is the only reason we had enough money to even start this company cause it took a good deal of money and effort to get this company off the ground. We’ve been in business for 10 years now as a staffing firm. How amazing. So you want to consider it.
The next thing is you want to consider these things as you seek to become a better leader who knows how to take initiative. The first thing is you need to know what you want. Napoleon Hill said this, the starting point of all achievement is the desire and the only way you’ll be able to recognize opportunity when it comes is to know what you want. And this is very true of every great leader that I’ve ever met. They are focused on what they want. I learned this when I sat on a board, um, of some of the more success, the successful people that I’ve ever even been around and I was proposing this idea that maybe would take us in a different direction and it was a great idea is the head of the entire group agreed with me. He wanted to go that direction, but the board who were made up of like super, super successful businessmen were like, that’s going to get us off our focus. We are really good in this area and we’re going to stay the course because we know how good we are in this area and they, in hindsight, they helped us stay focused on the most important thing. Number two, push yourself to add act leaders who take initiative. Understand that their responsibility to be self-motivated is, is required. And I love the quote from theater president, our ex-president Theodore Roosevelt, where he said there is nothing brilliant or outstanding in my record except perhaps this one thing I do things that I believe ought to be done. Okay? And when I make up my mind to do a thing I act and that that is something that is just, it’s common with every successful person. They don’t just talk about it, they act on it. I’ve almost gotten frustrated listening to people that I know don’t act on it. They just talk about it. Why talk about it? Why are we even talking? Cause I know you’re not going to do anything with a good OKC Medical Staffing be hind them.
It’s frustrating for me. Number three, you’ve got to take risks. Leaders are willing to take risks when they recognize that there is a prize for not initiative initiating. And President Clinton, uh, ex-president John F. Kennedy said this, there are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comp of comfortable inaction. Taking risks is necessary for sustained growth and longterm success. And the problem that I think comes in here is TD Jakes. You shared an example of when a baby Eagle learns to fly every baby Eagle, it has to deal. Every bird has to deal with this one thing at someone’s day they got to jump out of that nest and try to fly every day. I mean everyone has to, every bird has to jump out and try to fly. Well, one thing for sure, that first 15 feet is probably pretty scary and that is like every great leader when they go to do something great, there’s this, there’s this action that everyone has to do. You’ve got to jump and then you start flapping your wings like crazy and then it gets slower. Then your wings get slower and then you start to fly just like a burden. But it’s, it’s a required thing for us with the top OKC Medical Staffing. You’ve got to jump. You’ve got to take the risks. Number four, you got to make mistakes to make things happen. You have to make mistakes. And um, the quote that I have here is from the founder of IBM, Thomas J. Watson. He says the way to succeed is to double your failure rate. I tell everyone of our staff to fail faster but fail forward to experience great success. Mr. Watson says you must be willing to put yourself in on the line even at the risk of failure. It’s not about failing less, it’s about failing and about learning faster. I say failing faster so you can learn. Any great leader needs to understand these things.
And the greatest managers are willing to do these things now, not haphazardly, but in a calculated way. They’re willing to do these things. And other employees are watching and they’re paying attention to how risks are taken, how collect calculated action steps are taken, and how action forces the greatest things ever to happen. John Maxwell says this, everyone has uphill hopes. The problem is, is that almost everyone has their uphill hopes, but they have downhill habits. So when you can create uphill hopes and match it with uphill habits, meaning you gotta take risks, you have a really good shot of doing something great. So take initiative out there, it’ll make a really big difference with our OKC Medical Staffing. Trinity would love to help you. We’re a staffing agency here in Tulsa, Oklahoma and we work with some of the finest companies around. We staff in the health care field. We in finance, accounting and banking and um, just general ad administrative and also in our newest, um, department in, um, in the industrial light industrial staffing. Please give us a call if we can help you. Our number is (918) 622-2588 or you can visit us online at trinityemployment.com.