The salesman's wife was having an affair with the TV repair man. She complained. "My husband never pays any attention to me. All he's ever bothered about is watching football on television. That's why we bought the biggest set in the neighborhood. It's practically life size! Just so he can watch the game."
Just then the salesman's wife heard a key in the front door. Her
husband had arrived home unexpectedly. She said to her lover: "Quick,
hide in behind the TV!"
So the TV repairman hid behind the TV while the husband sat down to
watch the football game. After ten minutes, it became so hot and
uncomfortable behind the television that the lover stood up and walked
straight past the salesman and out the front door.
The salesman turned to his long-suffering wife and said: "Hey,
honey, I didn't see the referee send that guy off the field, did you
catch what happened there?"
Moral of the story. True sales professionals know that in order to
succeed at sales they need to make the most of their spare time.
Catching a game live, with friends or business acquaintances, can be
considered networking. Sitting at home, by yourself, is doing nothing
to advance your career. Unless of course you aspire to become a career
couch potato, or career-less couch potato, whichever comes first!
"When you're young you look at television and think, there's a
conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you
get a little older, you realize that's not true. The networks are in
business to give people exactly what they want."
- Steve Jobs