Selling is a pretty cool gig. Sales people can make a lot of money. Sales people get to manage their own schedule and aren’t stuck behind a desk all day. Sales people have the luxury of controlling their income. There is no limit to what they can make, when they sell more, they make more. Sales people go to cool customer events, get to play golf (although this is changing a bit), sporting events and nice dinners. Sales people have it pretty good.
So why doesn’t everyone want to be a sales person?
Because . . .
It takes guts to only have HALF your salary guaranteed
It is sucks to be rejected on a daily basis
It’s hard calling up people you don’t know and asking them to meet you
It’s scary asking strangers for things
It’s uncomfortable challenging people
It’s tough being held accountable to black and white metrics. You can’t hide from the numbers
It’s not easy having your results constantly compared, in the open, to your peers
It’s not easy losing
It’s tough being fully accountable for your own success or failure
It’s not fun doing something where you can fail so quickly after be successful
Not everyone likes being in the spotlight
Most people don’t want to be in sales, because it takes GUTS! It takes guts most don’t have.
Here is to all of you who have the guts to sell and sell your ass off.