“Our energy is in proportion to the resistance it meets.”
—William Hazlitt, seventeenth-century essayist
A few years ago I was hired by Rick, the director of undergraduate career counseling at a university, to conduct a series of workshops about interviewing skills. At the end of one of the sessions we went back to his office to chat about the immediate student feedback, which had been extremely enthusiastic. A former student who took my workshop the year before had joined me in my presentation to share how he had put the techniques he’d learned into action and landed his first-choice job. Rick and I were both beaming as we discussed how the students seemed to be incorporating the skills we were teaching them.
Then we had to ...