Monday, October 07, 2013

Sales Joke of the Day (archives) Commitment

During a flood in a small town in Louisiana, a young girl was perched on top of a house with a little boy.

As they were watching articles float along with the water, they noticed a baseball cap float by.

Suddenly, the cap turned around and went downstream.  After it had gone some distance, it turned around again and came back.

"Do you see that baseball cap?" asked the girl.  "First it goes downstream, then turns around and comes back!"

"Oh, that!" said the little boy.  "That's my Dad.  He's a salesman during the week but on weekends he's just a handyman around the house working on my Mom's "honey do" lists.   Last night he promised mom that today he would cut the grass come h3ll or high water!"

Moral of the story.   True sales professionals know that in order to succeed in life, you need to follow through on your commitments.  Whether it is your sales quota at work or a promise to do something with your kids, make sure you follow through.   In business and in life your word is your bond so if you want to maintain your kids' "interest" you need to maintain your "principles."

"Commitment is a big part of what I am and what I believe. How committed are you to winning? How committed are you to being a good friend? To being trustworthy? To being successful? How committed are you to being a good father, a good teammate, a good role model? There's that moment every morning when you look in the mirror: Are you committed, or are you not?"          -  Lebron James