A little known fact about the audition process for “The Apprentice” is that each prospective finalist is flown to L.A. and endures a thorough psychological evaluation to see if they would be a good “fit” for television. After a several-hundred question form, they claimed it would be able to tell me EVERYTHING about my life and the kind of person I was.
Needless to say I was excited. After taking the test, I was taken into a room by a psychologist and told several things about my life – that my husband was a scientist, that I had two children, that I was an independent entrepreneur – you name it. What intrigued me most was the final evaluation – my ideal job. I was told that because I never break, frazzle, crumble or crack under pressure no matter what the situation, my ideal job would be a fighter pilot.
Obviously I was surprised. This was not at all what I expected. However, I knew that this information would come in handy some day, so I internalized it and put it in my back pocket as my “Trump Card”.
At the finale where I had to appear live in front of 41 million viewers, I was able to pull out this “Trump Card” and know that there was no way that I could ever crack under pressure – I knew that I would go out there and shine.
Everyone should have something in their lives that they know they can rely on in high-stress situations – their own “Trump Card”. Maybe you are a great presenter, or have killer project management skills, or are a technical whiz – whatever it is, take that skill, know you have it, and hone it as often as possible. Look at me – I’m out there every day doing the #1 thing that most Americans fear – public speaking!