Friday, December 13, 2013

Sales Joke of the Day (December 13) The Split.

After 35 years of marriage, the salesman said he wanted a divorce. 

His wife was stunned.

"But John," she pleaded, "how could you want to divorce me after all we've been through together?  Remember, how just after we met, you caught malaria and nearly died, but I looked after you and brought you back to good health?  Then when your family was wiped out by a hurricane, I was there for you.  When you were falsely accused of embezzlement at work, I stood by you.  Then when you gambled away over $40,000 of our savings at online poker, I sympathized and supported you.  When that fire destroyed your office at work I comforted you.  John!  How could you leave me?  We've been through so much!"

"That's the problem, Sue," replied the salesman.   "Face it.   You're just bad luck!"

Moral of the story.   True sales professionals know that in order to succeed at sales they need to be persistent and skilled rather than lucky.   In tough times you need to work rather than discard your network.   During tough times, only a fool spurns those who have historically provided support.   During tough times, lashing out at or blaming others won't make things better.  In fact, if you cut off your support network, your downward spiral will only accelerate and the impact you make when you hit bottom will be that much more painful.

"I believe the world is increasingly in danger of becoming split into groups which cannot communicate with each other, which no longer think of each other as members of the same species."    
                                                               -   Carrie Snow