In the book The Question Behind the Question, John G. Miller describes the importance of taking personal responsibility and shifting blame statements like Who broke the copier? to solution statements, How can I fix this thing? Today’s job market has a lot of people playing the blame game: nobody’s hiring, I don’t have the right skills, and it’s too late to learn.
It is never too late. Taylor Cisco at Contata Solutions, a tech company in Minneapolis, wants people to know they can be successful, no matter where they come from. Cisco suspects that lack of training is causing the deepening divide between the haves and have nots. A shift in thinking is the first step to bridging this dangerous gap.
Cisco is VP of Digital Content and Director of Interactive Marketing at Contata. He explains, “I’m a young guy, early thirties. I don’t come from a fancy background. I was a musician in high school and wanted to be the next Jimi Hendrix. I never thought I’d end up in marketing.” But he did, and he knows the same success he enjoys can come to others, if people only open up to the opportunities around them.