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Need More Confidence, Courage and Focus? Take a Job As a Dog Walker

When the woman met me at local coffeeshop, she was wearing high end sports gear and smart tennis shoes, the kind that tells you what is happening each time you take a step. But when she sat down and began to pour our her story to me, I took a closer look.

“My life was a mess,” she began. “I had lost my job, left my boyfriend, and moved out of his house with no where to go.”

She told me that she had made over 100 phone calls, answering ads for which she was highly overqualified. She got a few face to face and phone interviews, but each day ended the same: settling down to sleep each night in her car, backseat folded down to make a sort-of-comfortable makeshift bed.

One night she had the good fortune to park her car on a street in a quiet neighborhood where the only sounds she heard at night were not the sounds of cars passing — a brief flash of light would illuminate the windows as well as light up a dark spot on the ceiling above her…, or was it a spider “frozen in the headlights?” There was also the occasional sound in the distance of a siren, as a police car or ambulance traveled to or from an emergency, at speed.

That night, however, the only sounds she heard were the occasional sounds of a dog barking.

“My life was a mess,” she continued, “and I was running out of money.” However, the dog’s bark planted the seed of an idea in my mind. I fell back to sleep asking myself: what does it take to become a dog walker?”

It takes a leash, she told me, beginning to count off the equipment she thought she would need for the job, and then corrected herself. It doesn’t really take a leash, because all dog owners have one or more dog leashes.

“It takes a business card with your name and phone number on it, and a clever name for your business that dog owners will relate to. It also takes the ability to talk to people and tell them that you are a dog walker and ASK for the job.”

And one thing more. Perhaps the most important of all.

It requires that you come face to face with the dog, someone’s-little-darling, with the owner watching you, and immediately connect with it. If it growls or barks at you, that’s a bad sign. If the dog refuses to let you put it on a leash and take it away from the house, that’s even worse. Treat’s won’t do. You need to try something else.

The woman now sitting across from me in her fashionable outdoor gear and smart tennis shoes had quickly figured out what that something else was.

The problem wasn’t that the dog was rejecting her. The problem was that the dog was reading her from the inside out. The dog saw what no one else had seen: she was hesitant, she was uncertain of herself, and she didn’t really have the confidence to do the job that her business card said that she could do.

“When I became more confident and focused,” she said with a big smile, “I became successful.”

Sitting across from me, the woman now explained why she had wanted to meet with me.

“My success as a dog walker has now brought me so many clients that I now need to hire someone, or perhaps two people, to take over my job, so I can manage the business!”

If you need to hire someone to take over your job, try this text for an AD, I suggested:

If you want to become more confident, focused and successful, become a dog walker. #Hiring.c

Futurist, Award-Winning Social Impact Entrepreneur CEO | Chair, | Speaker; UN Mentor; Author; Wikipedia

Futurist, Award-Winning Social Impact Entrepreneur CEO | Chair, | Speaker; UN Mentor; Author; Wikipedia