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CASPer Motivation & Resilience Questions
How is commitment important?
Commitment is important as it allows you to dedicate yourself to your job, to overcome hurdles that will inevitably arise, to learn more in order to do better, and to speak up if needed. If you are truly committed, you will ensure that you do what must be done to succeed – meaning that your company or organisation succeeds too. You are also more likely to take on the challenge of leading others, and of helping them through their difficulties – as they are part of your team.
Describe a time when you had to work hard to cover someone else.
Whilst working in a grocery store over summer, one of my colleagues would repeatedly call in sick, after going out the night before. I spoke to her about her absences, but found it hard to persuade her to be honest, and the manager was very apathetic. I therefore had to handle her responsibilities as well as my own, making my days stressful and frequently far longer than they ought to have been. However, I learnt ways to make the work more efficient over time, meaning that I was able to move from working hard, long days, to working efficiently for a normal day. My manager was impressed by this dedication, and this in fact motivated them to speak to the other employee about their lack of commitment to the job.
Describe the importance of resilience to a professional.
Resilience is one’s ability to adapt to adversity, to withstand it, and to continue onwards. It is therefore of the utmost importance to everyone, not just professionals. All people will have to display resilience at some points of life – whether it be dealing with difficulties at work, failures in exams or in sport, the loss of someone dear to them, or any other of the myriad difficulties that an individual will face. Resilience will enable you to drive forward through challenges at work, to become a better version of yourself that is more able to succeed in the future – rather than having to fall back in the face of difficulty. As mentioned, resilience will also help you to succeed through personal challenges, allowing you to maintain a focus on your work.
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Describe a failure that you suffered in life.
At high school, I was an excellent track athlete, and believed I would win the county 100m. However, I was still very young, and perhaps too arrogant. I therefore did not train as hard as I should have done – I was complacent, and reliant on my ability over hard work. I maintained my position at my high school, and eventually competed at the county level. I came third, hardly a failure, but it felt like one to me, as it illustrated that I had not done my utmost to succeed. In my senior year, I took this lesson to heart and focused on my training – that year I would finish second at county level. Not finishing first again felt like a failure, but over time I realised that as I had tried my hardest, I should see it as a success rather than a failure – I had improved, and I had learnt from my previous experience.
Is ambition a healthy motivator?
I believe it is a healthy motivator if teamed with other factors. Ambition alone could see one desert one’s friends or family’s best interests, lose friends, or not care for others. You should temper ambition with a desire to help others, a desire for fairness and equality, and an interest in other aspects of life beyond your work – in culture, travel, or the community that you live in. I would claim that happiness, and health, stems from the combination of different motivators, to build one into a well rounded person.
Are you motivated by financial gain?
I am motivated by the desire to help others, and to be the best that I can be. I believe that these are more meaningful motivators than simple financial gain. I hope to find reward through these. I would expect these efforts to provide enough money to live my life fairly comfortably, but I am not motivated by money beyond that level.
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In a world without money, do you think people would still work?
I believe many people would still choose to work. Work has positives – it keeps people focused, it helps stave off dementia and aging, and it gives purpose to many. If one’s work is important for its own sake – if one is a doctor, a nurse or a fireman – or if one finds meaning in one’s work as an actor, artist or writer – or indeed if one finds purpose in work as a banker, janitor or lawyer – then I imagine one would choose to continue working in a world without money. I would choose to, as I would find purpose and reward in working as a doctor, much beyond what money would provide.
Think about a time when you were sure that you would fail, but you managed to succeed against the odds. Briefly describe what happened.
I injured myself before an important tennis tournament at high school, and had to take about a month off beforehand to recover. I only had time for one training session before the tournament, and found that I was rusty, and felt unfit as well. I initially didn’t want to play, but my coach persuaded me to. I found the motivation to play, due largely to the coach and my family, and managed to play well enough to make it through to the final. Prior to the injury I would have been confident in winning, but with the injury I had to work hard to motivate myself again before the final and make myself believe that I could win. I was able to narrowly win, and look back on this as evidence that I can push myself beyond what I think I am capable of at first.
How can you motivate yourself in a difficult situation?
I think that one can derive motivation from different sources. We might find it through the support of others – through talking to them and asking for their help, or even through learning from them. We might be motivated through committing to something – explaining in public that we are setting out to do something, and holding ourselves to it. We could find commitment through setting goals and remembering the importance of these goals to our past self. We could think about how important our success is for the good of others – be it through hard work benefiting a partner or children, or success making our parents proud, for example. We might simply try to dig deep and prove ourselves, for no one but ourselves.
Do you think that adversity always makes us stronger?
No, I think that assuming adversity will always make someone stronger is unrealistic and naive. Some adversity might simply be too much for people; they might need to take a step back, they might need help on getting through it; they might come out the other side feeling as they did before the worst of it, rather than stronger. We can’t assume how others will be affected by difficult situations, we should just have empathy for them and do our best for them – and ensure that we try to be as resilient as we can when faced with adversity ourselves.
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