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Paul was wearing a new pair of shoes. Under the best of circumstances, he was somewhat obsessive about his shoes and his slacks. His shoes couldn't have so much as a scratch or a mark on them and he spent an hour each day ironing the crease in his slacks because they had to have a perfect crease down the front before he would walk out the door.

He was scheduled to have an interview with three members of the company he hoped would hire him for the dream of a lifetime job. He had done his research and knew everything about their quarterly financial reports, their inventory, their dress code, their mission statement, their vision for the company's growth, their marketing plans, and just about everything about the company. He felt confident and well groomed, so he splurged on a taxicab that he could ill afford and leaned back in the seat, letting the taxi take him to his appointment.

The taxi deposited him in front of the building and as Paul was getting out, he stepped into a very deep puddle of water, ruining his brand new leather shoes. Just as he was contemplating getting back in the taxi and going home to change, his taxi drove away, splashing more water on his new suit. And then Murphy's Law came in for the killer. Whatever could go wrong did go wrong. The skies opened up and the most punishing rain pummeled him from all sides.

Now he not only had shoes that squished when he walked, but his new leather briefcase and his new suit were sodden. Needless to say, the perfect crease in his slacks was gone, and even if he had the money for another taxi, there wasn't one in sight and he only had five minutes to get to his appointment.

He felt like crying. His self-confidence crumbled and he couldn't remember a thing that he had spent hours memorizing.

"Well, I might as well go to the bathroom and at least dry my hair and comb it. I can't do anything with the rest of me but, hopefully, we'll be sitting down and they won't see the rest of me."

He walked out of the bathroom, squared his shoulders, and looked for the Human Resources office where his interview was to take place. When he opened the door, he saw that the three men who were supposed to meet him weren't there yet so he took a seat and waited for the secretary to get off the phone. About ten minutes later, she disconnected her call and turned to him.

"May I help you?," she asked.

"Yes," Paul answered. "I have an appointment with the three

men who were assigned to interview me for the job opening in project management. My appointment was for 10:00 a.m."

The secretary looked at her appointment book and shook her head.

"I'm sorry, sir, but your appointment was for yesterday and the position has been filled."

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Connie H. Deutsch is an internationally known business consultant and personal advisor who has a keen understanding of human nature and is a natural problem-solver. She has counseled people who have OCD for more than 40 years,

Connie is the author of the books, “Round and Round Goes the Merry-Go-Round: Drugless Therapy for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)” “Whispers of the Soul,” “A Slice of Life,” “Whispers of the Soul for the Rest of Your Life,” “From Where Im Sitting,” “Are You Listening?,” “View from the Sidelines,” “Reaching for the Brass Ring of Life,” “Purple Days and Starry Nights,” “Here and There,” “And Thats How it Goes,” and “The Counseling Effect.” Her website:
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Tags:   job, interview, briefcase, suit, appointment, Human Resources, project management, secretary, receptionist

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