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BillStephenson

When I was in my early 20s I complained to a mentor about someone who would come over and look at my work and offer all kinds of what I considered to be not so helpful advice. They'd never actually done the work I was doing but they opined on how to do it often.

The mentor listened to me for a bit and then said "You know, you can learn something from anyone if you listen to them." That shut me up and humbled me and after getting over the hurt and pondering it I decided to look for the truth in it.

Not more than a week later the same guy who'd been bothering me came over and looked at what I was making and offered a suggestion that ended up making me a lot of money. He couldn't make what he suggested, he didn't know how or have the skills, but he knew I did and could.

How do you measure that in a job interview?

I don't know the answer to that but I could easily measure how much faster, easier, and more profitable that one suggestion was before I even implemented it.

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