The secret to life: Rejection from the Gap

I once applied at the Gap for a job. I think I was still in HS at the time. They politely said no. So I thanked them and left and came back the next day. They said nothing changed, and they would let me know if they had an opening. I thanked them and left and came back the next day. They assured me nothing would change in a day and not to bother coming back the next day as nothing would change. I thanked them and left and came back the next day. This time the manager was pretty annoyed at me. Told me he didn’t have time to talk to me as he already told me many times they have nothing available and to go away. I thanked him and left and came back the next day. This time though something different happened. It was if the absurdity of it all was setting in. He thought it was funny and actually smiled. He still didn’t have a job, but the manager started to get that I meant business. He said nothing changed. I thanked him and left and came back the next week. This time they set up an appointment to interview me. I came back for the interview a week or so later and got the job. Ironically I actually got a better offer in the middle of this process with a local bike shop that my uncle owned, so I didn’t actually take the job.

Here are some take away’s from this little story.

One: Because they weren’t hiring I was the only one applying. This makes my odds of getting hired actually better then if they were hiring and there were a 100 other applicants! Where do you want to work? Why wait for them to post a job available? Go and find something you offer that they didn’t know they need right now.

Two: This same principle can be used for anything in life. Do you wait to be offered what you have always wanted? Are you waiting for the job, the relationship, the recognition to show up in as a help wanted ad? Stop it! Get off your butt and what you know you can do, even if it’s applying at a company that isn’t hiring. “Luck favors the bold”.

Three: As a kid you had a fantastic strategy to get what you wanted from mom and others. You just asked. They you asked again. Then you pleaded. Then you coerced. Then you promised things. Then you cried. It was very effective then, I’d say you had at least a 50% closing ratio back then. Imagine that kind of ratio today in your business if you would just lay aside your pride and not take a no like you did as a kid! You can have more tact then a kid. Yes, more tact.

Four: Going for all I knew that was available seemingly opened up opportunities that I didn’t even knew existed. Go for what you know right now! Sure it might not be enough to satisfy your needs, but taking those first steps and climbing that stupid little hill will leave you on higher ground with a better view. It might not be where you want to end up, but you would have never known the right way to turn unless you went that “wrong way”.

Extra bit, because I just got myself excited: Forge ahead! Be silly and wrong and stupid and unrelenting and willing to be seen as desperate and brass and unreasonable and contradicting to what you said a week ago!

I say throw out the molds and the rules that keep you cooped up in a neat little life that you are dying in.

Just a thought. You can borrow it if you think it fits.

Jevon Perra

Since 1995 Jevon Perra has been helping individuals and organizations get results as a human behavior teacher, speaker, pastor and performance coach. Jevon is a professional at getting individuals and organizations to the results they want. He has extensive experience in leadership development, sales coaching and personal coaching. Jevon has worked with businesses from start-ups to established corporations. Education and Background • Center for Advanced Coaching: Advanced Coaching Master Certification • Fierce Conversations Trainer Certification • Alpha Assessment Certification • Art of Negotiation Certification • Negotiation Lab Certification • CROI Coaching Academy Coach Certification • Minus Zero Fierce Coaching Certification • 16 years of speaking, teaching and coaching • Top Producing Salesman in Real Estate and B2B Sales • CA Broker’s License • Missouri Southern State University • Calvary Chapel School of Ministry

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Just the blog post I needed to end my night. I’ve been going through all these uncertainitys and job stress. Your post really clarified things! Thanks, Jevon!

    1. That is so great Kim! That is exactly what I hoped would happen. 🙂

  2. Amazingly inspiring and well-written as always. Loved this: “luck favors the bold”…and I don’t even believe in luck! This “bold” strategy has been my mantra for years…you hear a lot of no’s, but all that matters is that one yes. Great post…keep ’em coming.

  3. Good stuff as always!

    1. Thanks Jeff. I appreciate you and your words. 🙂

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