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Job Lessons Learned from the Movie: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

I’ve written about the many job lessons learned no matter what the move – even the unexpected ones: JAWS, Aliens, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Now I will highlight The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It’s about a group of British retirees who travel to India to stay in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than advertised, it slowly begins to charm them all in very unexpected ways.
The best parts of the movie were some of the most amazing quotes which I’ve included below along with some job search advice. Here is a fun preview of the movie which I do hope you will see.
Happy reading & happy viewing!

From Evelyn Greenslade: The only real failure is the failure to try, and the measure of success is how we cope with the disappointment, as we all must. Networking is our Step 4 in the job search. It’s something people fear so much, they don’t even try it, or worse they don’t learn how to do it correctly. Networking is not about asking for something, it’s about giving more than you get. Exceptional networking questions for people you know nothing about: “how did you get your start in this business?”, “what do you like most about what you do?” Watch how the conversation flows!

From Sonny Kapoor: Everything will be alright in the end, and if it is not alright, it is not the end. Staying motivated is Step #5 in the job search. Sometimes people get so frustrated and fearful of the actual outcome that they allow that fear to stop them. Caroline wrote an exceptional chapter in a book entitled “How the Fierce Handle Fear” where she has learned to actually harness the power of fear.

Evelyn: Nothing here has worked out quite as I expected. Muriel: Most things don’t. But sometimes what happens instead is the good stuff.
I recently spoke to a senior military official who is helping his staff transition to civilian life. He said that two of his men took jobs that paid about $15 per hour. They weren’t happy about it, but it was better than doing nothing. They were so good at what they did, they were quickly promoted and are both now making over $100,000. Take a chance even when it wasn’t what you expected.

From Evelyn Greenslade: It’s true that the person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing. All we know about the future is that it will be different. But perhaps what we fear is that it will be the same. So we must celebrate the changes. This was my favorite quote because risks do bring rewards. Optimism attracts opportunity. Offer to volunteer at a quality organization and perhaps you will be hired in the end – this happened to more than five of my past clients. College grads finding it hard to find work may consider administrative positions, because people do get promoted to higher ranks.

From Jean Ainslie: If I wanted your opinion, I would give it to you. Do not surround yourself with negative, bitter, horrible people. They will bring you down and during a job search, no one can afford to be down or anxiety ridden! This was so negative I almost didn’t even include it here … but it’s a good thing to think about!