[Career] No experience, no problem

This is an interesting idea you can mention during an interview if you are starting your career with little/no experience or entry-level.

Arkadi Kuhlmann, founder and CEO of ING Direct USA, has invented a whole new approach to retail banking. Over the past decade, as he has recruited thousands of employees to his organization, he has made it a point not to look to his competitors as a source of talent. "If you want to renew and re-energize an industry," he told me, "don't hire people from that industry. You've got to untrain them and then retrain them. I'd rather hire a jazz musician, a dancer, or a captain in the Israeli army. They can learn about banking. It's much harder for bankers to unlearn their bad habits."


"Hire for attitude, train for skill."

In more technical positions, having the skill will be necessary. The attitude will only strengthen the skills. My dad told me that, given you have all the skills, managers will hire depending if they like you or not (which he got from the book, 59 Seconds), so the attitude will make the difference.