"What's a big brass gong doing in your bedroom?" one of the guests asked.
"It's not a gong. It's a talking clock," the drunken salesman replied.
"A talking clock? Seriously?" asked his astonished friend.
"Yup," replied the drunken salesman.
"How's it work?" the friend asked, squinting at it.
"Watch," the drunken salesman replied. He picked up the mallet, gave the big brass gong an ear-shattering pound, and stepped back. The three stood looking at one another for a moment. Suddenly, someone on the other side of the wall screamed, "You jerk!! It's ten past three in the morning!"
"See, I told ya!" bragged the drunken salesman proudly, just before collapsing face first into his bed and falling asleep with the mallet still in his hand.
Moral of the story. True sales professionals know that in order to be successful at sales, they need to stay sharp and alert for opportunities at all times. Getting intoxicated, not only kills brain cells, but it can kill deals too! So stay sober, keep your deals alive and whatever you do, don't let your professional sales career turn into the gong show!
"You know what a champion is? A champion is someone who is ready when the gong rings - not just before, not just after - but when it rings." - Jack Dempsey