Monthly Archives: April 2015

World’s Toughest Job

Of 2.7 million people who saw a job posting by a Boston agency for a ‘director of operations’ position, just 24 applied. That’s likely because of the brutal requirements.

The website posted the job and paid for ads, hoping to get the right applicant. So what is required from the right applicant? Here’s the actual post and job description:

Job Description

Operations Management: Director of Operations

Area of Talent: Managers/Directors/Administrators

Position Type: Full-Time

Location: Rehtom Inc.

Shift: Full-time, 24/7 on call

Salary: Pro bono/unpaid

Position Summary:

Rehtom Inc. is seeking a Director of Operations for its long-term development department. The primary responsibilities of the director are to provide day-to-day management, leadership and support to up-and-coming development associates.

Essential Duties & Job Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the overall day-to-day success and development of all associates. They are fully dependent on you.
  • Provide appropriate solutions to satisfy all associate needs, including but not limited to comfort, security, support, growth, knowledge, well-being, structure, consistency, discipline, acknowledgment, preparedness, safety, mobility, capability, facility and tranquillity.
  • Track daily, weekly and monthly associate development against assigned goals and expectations.
  • Process high volumes of incoming and outgoing projects, deliveries, requests, complaints, feedback and special orders from associates and corresponding outside vendors.
  • Provide operational leadership to multiple associates at once.


  • Must be able to work 135+ hours a week
  • Ability to work overnight, associate needs pending
  • Willingness to forgo any breaks
  • Work mostly standing up and/or bending down
  • Must be able to lift up to 75 lbs. on a regular basis
  • Ph.D. in psychology or real-life equivalent
  • Crisis management skills a must
  • Ability to manage a minimum of 10-15 projects at one time
  • Ability to communicate at all levels (basic to advanced)
  • Ability to improvise
  • Proficient in handling sticky situations (literally and figuratively)
  • Ability to coordinate multiple, often conflicting, schedules
  • Ability to make independent decisions on behalf of others
  • Ability to work with associates with minimal ability
  • Ability to work in a chaotic environment
  • Frequent travel; minivan driving experience a plus
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative approach
  • Flexible when it comes to surprise requests
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in negotiating, counseling and culinary arts
  • Unlimited patience
  • Understanding of social media, mobile devices and video games
  • Understanding of finance
  • Understanding of medicine
  • Selflessly driven
  • Valid driver’s license, CPR certification and Red Cross membership
  • Ability to wear several hats, professional and domestic
  • Positive disposition at all times


While no health or dental insurance, no pension and no paid holidays are offered, this job provides infinite opportunities for personal growth and rewards. Emotional fulfillment and extraordinary impact on associate success provides a lifetime of purpose and meaningful connection.


Job applicants for World’s Toughest Job get a big shock

Those requirements all for a job that pays $0. So who would apply for a such a job? Only one way to find out. Click play to watch their interviews and real-time reactions and, believe us, it’s worth it to watch to the end.

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Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say

Most of us know how to speak. Many of us have never learned how to communicate. Recognize that clear, accurate and understandable verbal and non-verbal language is essential for marriage, committed relationships, friendships, business relationship and virtually all other kinds of relationships.

  • To communicate clearly and effectively you must understand there are two sides to every communication – the one who sends the communication and the one who receives it.
  • Likewise, there are two methods of communication – verbal and non-verbal communication. Don’t forget – just because you may not be speaking, doesn’t mean you are not saying something. Often, not saying something can be more important than saying something.

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Plan to Go Places and Do Things You Enjoy

When you plan a date, plan to participate in interests and activities that you enjoy. Invite someone into your life. Be willing to let the people you date experience you, in the places in which you are the most comfortable doing the things that you most love to do.

Dates are a time to create opportunities to do the things you most enjoy. On dates, listen carefully to your inner voice(s) and to the person you are with. Experience the other person and who he or she is in their heart and soul.

Married and committed couples–this is your opportunity to go inside yourself and figure out how to plan fun and leisure time. Many adults never become completely comfortable playing or even with the idea of having fun or spending leisure time. Take turns planning your special time together.

Doing things together strengthens a relationship, but all too often you are reacting to messages from the past that tell you that personal happiness, having fun, and self-interest are not worthy or valuable pursuits. Nonsense! I invite you to break free of other people’s limiting beliefs and values, exploring family dynamics, and challenging cultural models that may keep you stuck is life-long work. Ironically, part of the work is learning how to create and enjoy leisure time, recognizing and acknowledging the value of fun (play) and bringing balance into your life.

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Reminders Toward Living a More Meaningful Life

I received the “Instructions For Life” by the Dali Lama in an email from a very dear friend. Whether or not you embrace the teachings of the Dali Lama, these “Instructions For Life” seem very universal to me; and something we can all benefit from by being reminded about every now and again.

I am always grateful to be reminded of what is truly important. I hope this is a welcome reminder for you too.

  • Take into account that great love and great achievements involve risk.
  • When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  • Follow the 3 R’s:
    –Respect for Self
    –Respect for others
    –Responsibility for all your actions
  • Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  • Learn all the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  • Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
  • When you realize you’ve made a mistake take immediate steps to correct it.
  • Spend some time alone every day.
  • Open arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • Live a good honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
  • A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
  • In a disagreement with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
  • Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
  • Be gentle with the earth.
  • Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
  • Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
  • Judge your success by what you have to give up in order to get it.
  • Approach love and cooking with reckless abandonment.

Remember, only YOU can make it happen!


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