A down on his luck salesman, decided to change careers and headed to bus driver's school. When he graduated, his first assignment was the Sesame Street route.
At his first stop, he picked up a cow. When she got on the bus, she said, "Hello. My name is Patty."
He replied, "Hello, Patty. Since you are the first one on, you get your choice of seats."
She waddled on back and sat down. At the next stop he picked up
another cow. As she got on, she said, "Hi there. My name is Patty."
He answered, "That's unusual. The other passenger is also named
Patty. Why don't you go back and sit on the other side of the aisle and
talk to her. Maybe you have more in common than just your name."
She went on back and sat opposite the other Patty and struck up a
conversation. At the next stop, a little boy got on and said, "Hi! My
name's Leonard Keyes. I've got some special socks, See?"
The driver replied, "Those sure are special, Leonard. Have a
seat and we'll get to your stop real soon. As he was driving to the next
stop, he looked in his mirror and saw that Leonard had taken his socks
off and draped them over the seat in front of him, and was picking his
He called back, "Leonard! What are you doing?"
Leonard called back, "I've got bunions, and they're bothering me."
At the next corner, the driver stopped the bus, got off, went to a pay phone, and called the bus garage. "I quit!" he said.
The garage dispatcher asked why.
The salesman replied, "It's my first day on the job, and already I have 2
all beef Pattys, special socks, Leonard Keyes, picking bunions on the
Sesame Street Run!"
Moral of the story. True sales professionals know that in order to succeed at sales they need to be fully dedicated. From time to time other careers might some hold some appeal, but true sales professionals never lose focus. Because they know that if they do, one day soon their only closing question might be, "Would you like fries with that?"
"The world does not need tourists who ride by in a bus clucking their tongues. The world as it is needs those who will love it enough to change it, with what they have, where they are." - Robert Fulghum