Monday, March 24, 2014

Sales Joke of the Day (March 24) The Ultimate Choice.

When a young salesman met his untimely end, he was informed that he had a choice about where he would spend his eternity: Heaven or Hell. He was allowed to visit both places, and then make his decision afterwards.

"I'll see Heaven first," said the salesman, and an angel led through the gates on a private tour. Inside it was very peaceful and serene, and all the people there were playing harps and eating grapes. It looked very nice, but the salesman was not about to make a decision that could very well condemn him to a life of musical produce.

"Can I see Hell now?" he asked. The angel pointed him to the elevator, and he went down to the Basement where he was greeted by one of Satan's loyal followers. For the next half hour, the salesman was led through a tour of what appeared to be the best night clubs he'd ever seen. People were partying loudly, and having one, if you'll pardon the expression, Hell of a time.

When the tour ended, he was sent back up where an angel asked him if he had reached a final decision.  "Yes, I have," the salesman replied. "As great as Heaven looks and all, I have to admit that Hell was more of my kind of place. I've decided to spend my eternity down there."

"So be it," replied the angel, sullenly looking down at the cloud beneath his feet.

The salesman was sent to Hell, where he was immediately thrown into a cave, chained to a wall, and subjected to various tortures. "When I came down here for the tour," he yelled with anger and pain, "I was shown a whole bunch of bars and parties and other great stuff!  What happened?!"

The devil replied, "Oh, that!  Well, we were recruiting you then.  Now however, you're an employee!"

Moral of the story.   True sales professionals know that when choosing future paths, you must carefully take a step back, do some research, and try to take any emotion out of your decision.   Just as you are putting only your best foot forward during the interview process, companies that are trying to hire you will be doing the same thing.  Remember, that a job 'offER'  is the last reminder you will get to turn 'OFF' your 'E'motional 'R'esponse.  Making a wrong choice at a crucial junction in your sales career, could leave you crying and bemoaning your choice for decades.

"There are no mistakes or failures, just lessons."     -  Denis Waitley