This abstract idea called belief oftentimes has more power than we attribute to it. This concept of belief is, more often than not, drawn up against the concept of knowledge and viewed as having an inherently existential antagonism. One cannot survive where the other does. Not many of us give more thought to it than this. We either believe in believing or we know. It normally ends there.
But what does belief have to do with recruitment? Jobseekers need to “believe in themselves” in order to present themselves confidently to me and then to my clients. Then, the leap of faith it takes to accept a new job is based on the belief that you can make that new role work, but of course you can never know for certain. Likewise our clients need to believe the candidate will be a good match for the job. (Luckily for both, it’s usually a belief that turns out to be well founded, based on the knowledge gathered from both sides during the interview process!)
Napolean Hill once said, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. Regardless of how many times you may have failed in the past or how lofty your aims and hopes may be.”
The mantra is quite simple, like Henry David Thoreau put it: Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.
Here’s one less known story that did turn the world around, or at least connected two parts of it…
The famous Brooklyn Bridge that connects New York City and Long island has a story behind its life. It took 13 years to stand strong. The man who built it communicated for 13 long years through a communication code by tapping the fingers of his left hand on his wife. Why this mode of communication, one might wonder? He lost his father and his movement in an accident that occurred while they tried constructing the Brooklyn Bridge, as they call it now. In spite of the accident, he believed the bridge to be a possibility. On account of the accident, the only parts of his body, apart from his mind, that were not paralysed were the fingers of his left hand. All he needed were his dream, to build that bridge, and complete belief in his dream and of course that unique communication code.
It’s inspiring. When I read this, I told myself this: I believe in my understanding and capabilities; in myself. I believe I can achieve things beyond my capabilities because I can dream and most importantly, believe in my dreams. As long as I can perceive an idea in my mind and believe in its truth, I can labour enough to create it. I may not have yet created anything life changing or discovered something that is path-breaking. I will one day. But for now, it makes my day easier, my work better and what’s more, at the end of the day, I am happier.
Just like in the example of the Brooklyn Bridge, belief can be a big part of our work lives, it’s so much easier to work for a company or a goal you believe in, even when the odds are against you, and believing in yourself (however cheesy that may sound) gives you the confidence to make big decisions and inspire others around you.
“Forever nameless, forever unknown, forever unconceived, forever unrepresented, yet forever felt in the soul.” That’s what D.H. Lawrence said about belief. It’s not impossible to achieve once you believe. But remember my friends, any belief worth having must survive doubt.