One day a salesman was walking in the woods when he got lost. For two days he roamed around trying to find a way out. He had not eaten anything during this period and was famished. Over a rock ledge he spotted a bald eagle, killed it, and started to eat it. Surprisingly, a couple of park rangers happen to find him at that moment, and arrested him killing an endangered species. At court, he pleaded innocent to the charges against him, claiming that if he didn't eat the bald eagle he would have died from starvation.
The judge ruled in his favor.
In the judge's closing remarks he asked the salesman, "I would like
you to tell me something before I let you go. I have never eaten a bald
eagle, nor ever plan on it. What did it taste like?"
The salesman answered, "Well, it tasted like a cross between a whooping crane and a spotted owl."
Moral of the story. True sales professionals know that amongst
predators it's kill or be killed. In the wild or in the sales jungle,
if you aren't faster than the competition they'll eat your lunch, or eat
you for lunch depending on the situation. True sales professionals
also know that whether it's walking through the woods or meeting your
quota, if you don't map out your route, you are liable to get lost.
"He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger." - Confucius