We can learn a good lesson from Stanley Bolland for instance. This 6-year-old has done something most of us wouldn’t dare to do because of lack of experience or qualifications. This boy is fearless and well, when you think about it, even his name sounds like he is destined for greatness.
You see, this 6-year-old has a dream of working at Legoland. Clearly, this kid loves his Legos and he thought working there would mean he would always be excited to get up in the morning to go to work. So when he saw a vacancy for a model builder, he couldn’t resist applying.
The ad stated how Merlin Entertainments Group was looking for model designers. The latter would work on building animated figures and helping with the design. The persons for the job had to have experience in product design and other technical qualifications, as well as “an interest or knowledge about Lego and creation of Lego models.”
Stanley wrote, “Dear Sir/Madam, I am 6 years old and I love Lego [and] have a box of it. I hide my Lego so my brother can't get it. I am the man [for] the job because I have lots of experience. Love, Stanley. (ref: model builders job).
Alright, well, clearly this kid knows how to be respectful when addressing a potential employer. Secondly, he showed that he loves his Legos. And well, his “experience” may not be the product design kind but I’m sure this kid has had a lot of one-on-one time playing with his Legos.
Sadly, the kid didn’t get the job. The people at Legoland sent Stanley a letter, telling him, “It sounds like you have lots of Lego already and we agree that it's a great idea to keep it safe in a box - that way mummies and daddies won't tread on it. Our Model Makers have to keep their Lego organized too and they sort it into colors and sizes. Maybe you could let your brother share your Lego if he promises to keep it tidy.”
Despite being rejected for the job, Stanley’s effort wasn’t completely ignored. The people at Legoland recognized the effort this kid made. And so, they afford Stanley the opportunity to shadow a product designer for a day.
Together with Paula Laughton, one of the model makers at Legoland, Stanley got the chance to see how things work there. He spent the day watching Laughton make checks and repairs on the products. He even got a “behind-the-scenes tour.”
Stanley loved everything about the day. “It was awesome to spend the whole day at Legoland meeting the model makers and learning all about what they do every day. I loved it and I can't wait to tell all my friends about it at school,” he said excitedly.
There was something else in Stanley’s rejection letter, however. Something that should not be forgotten by this kid, if he still decides on pursuing his dream in the future. Something that could serve as a lesson to us too.
At the end, the letter read, “Loving Lego is the first step to being a Model Maker, so it certainly sounds like you'll be perfect for the job (once you've finished school of course).” It sounds simple but there it is. Looking for a career starts with finding something that you love and enjoy doing.
Stanley has shown boldness and maturity. This kid knows what he wants and he hasn’t even completed one decade yet. He may be very young but we surely can learn a lesson from him about taking a risk and going after something we love.