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Stories from my Past: That is a long commute

When you are interviewing for a job, its is surprising the things that interviewers say.

One interview I had was with a company that was a great fit. The interview was going great. I had chemistry with the interviewer, it seemed like a good fit for both me and the company and the interviewer remarked on that as well. It was just winding down and off hand the interviewer asked where I lived. I told him and he said “That is a long commute”. It was about an hour in Chicago. I said that I didn’t consider it a long commute and I could move in neighboring place since I was single and shared that I had a gf in that neighborhood.

He didn’t really respond to that. I didn’t get the job and I am sure that in his mind, the commute meant I wasn’t a good fit. The thing is that if someone is willing to commute why not let them do it?

It isn’t the longest commute I had for a job either. I have worked jobs that at times the commute could be 2 1/2 hours. Normally it was 1 hour, but you know traffic in the city can be stopped many times for many reasons. It isn’t just the average time to travel that you have to consider when taking a job, but the likelihood of getting in a traffic jam and it being longer.

I shared earlier that a short commute has a big influence on happiness in life. So why would I apply for jobs that have longer commutes? One of the reasons is that for me, I love to drive and don’t mind commuting. Another is that I have been able to work for great companies by commuting. Another is that in large cities where I have worked like Chicago/NYC traffic is unavoidable so you just accept that is part of the time you commit to the job.

Would I love to have a short commute? You bet. However when I don’t, there are advantages to being in the car. For one I get to add music to my music playlist. I get to think about things without being interrupted, and I get to be away from a computer and see interesting things.

There are always benefits in every situation. You just need to be open to them.

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Stories from my Past: Wearing someone down

I often wonder if change happens more because we wear someone down, than convince them of the truth of the argument.

I was in charge of upgrading peoples software at a company and it was easier to go around for the small number of people and manually install it. So one person I had problems with. He didn’t want to do it, and I just continued to return throughout the week asking for a good time to install it. He shot me down, over and over again. I kept asking. Eventually on Friday afternoon he let me do it, and I was thrilled to get him done.

I know that he just wanted me to stop showing up more than the benefit of the new software. Some people don’t care about new software which is fine, but when everyone has the same version of software it makes things easier in companies. So even though he might not find value in the new version, other people would in sharing information with him so he had to be upgraded.

What is interesting is how often people who hate change, grow to love the change. I told him that it would be faster and some people said it was easier to use. Of course he will be slower at first, but in time he will be faster. Its ok if a short term slowdown causes a long term benefit.

To me, new software is just part of life. It is just part of the cycle of the progress of technology. It seems crazy to me not to want new software, just like not wanting new technology. New things tend to be improved, and often you find easier ways of doing things.

For example, the Office 2016 software he got has a better way to share files with people with OneDrive. I am not crazy about OneDrive, but for people who have never used online file sharing, it is a good first step. I have suggested other and better things, but you have to start somewhere with people.

Wearing someone down can create progress, just do it respectfully and at their own pace.

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