Faceman thanks for the vote of confidence my friend.
I'm still laughing. Shalom
Well, I consider you one of those rare rational liberals...of course you can probably say the same about conservatives...
I find this statement interesting and true...
I have had many clients that were not successful in therapy. I can almost tell you which ones will be and those who won't.
When you have worked with as many people as I have, and probably you have, you get to be a pretty good judge of character. I read people extremely well - I'm one of those that is cursed with the ability to see behind the eyes and can tell what someone is thinking regardless of what they are saying. I also read body language well, although I am far from an expert in that department. It doesn't take long to mentally separate those you can help from those you can't. I've given just a ton of speeches, lectures, seminars and workshops, and you can even tell from the front of the room. I try not to overqualify people so I can give them all a fair shake, but you can tell when you are talking to a brick wall. I can probably count on one hand, or maybe two, the number of people I have misread in a first impression, but it is still important to give them all the opportunity just in case you are wrong.
Just as a sidebar, I'm attaching a success story of a guy I worked with. He is an example of one of those that, when given the opportunity, puts forth the effort and reaches out and grabs the brass ring. Not only is Larry black in an area that still has racial tensions, but he is just a tad under 5 feet tall, so doesn't exactly fit the corporate mold. I had worked with him when I was at SBA, and he came to me when I retired from SBA and joined the bank. Larry had a small mom and pop janitorial service and wanted to bid on the janitorial contract for Pine Bluff Arsenal, which is a $5 million 5 year contract, renewable upon satisfactory performance and a follow-up bid. Larry neded to demonstrate a sufficient capital position to perform on the contract (which required a payroll of 35 employees), so needed a substantial revolving line of credit, but there was not a bank in town that would touch him for several reasons. Well, I did, schooled him on how to manage a line of credit, and provided him with a committment letter to include in his bid. Needless to say he got the contract, and has performed perfectly on his line of credit, as well as other loans I extended him.
That is probably way too much information (although I tried to keep it as non technical as I could), and may be of no general interest, but he is an example of someone that was uneducated from a Delta region truck farm family, but he had the character to (reasonably) educate himself, work his butt off in a husband/wife business, and then go for the big break and have enough savvy to know which resource people to go to. He had all the cards stacked against him, but had the character and determination to overcome his adversities.
I'm sure you have your success stories too, and you know as well as I those are what you work and hope for... :: All Seasons Carpet & Janitorial Svc. Inc.