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I saw a question posed, “What is a healthy unemployment rate?” The answer was between 3 and 5%. Today (July 9. 2024) it stands at 4.1%, which is allegedly healthy, but tell that to the 6 million adults who can’t find a job.  You might have also heard about all the jobs that go unfilled, that “Nobody wants to work anymore.” That’s such BS, nobody wants to work at crappy low paying jobs.
I have been fortunate to be a guest on numerous podcasts evangelizing about sales careers and careers in general. I also often get to speak about my other project on homeless initiatives. This post hosts the links to each of those podcast recordings. I know I make an amazing guest and offer life altering advice, just don't make a big deal about it, OK?
It's always been about me! As I have spent that past year-and-a-half evangelizing about sales careers, I get to share my motto, I didn't selling anything, I figured shit out. Sometimes, depending on the audience, I would have to clean it and substitute "stuff" for "shit" but everyone got the idea. I would go on and say that I never convinced anyone that they needed my service to deliver hands-on labs for software training. Instead, I found those who were already in the market and convinced them I was the best option.
I have always been a proponent of never applying online, talking to a recruiter or HR. All those routes are just ways to weed people out, in essence all they can say is, "No." Applying online (AI bots), Recruiters, Hiring Managers, etc. don't know anything about how sales works, why would you leave your future in their hands?!? I also talk a lot about being unemployed and underemployed, even making a case that being unemployed is better mentally. If you don't have a job, at least you have hope that once you do land a job, everything will be OK. If you are underemployed, busting your ass for 40 hours a week and still not getting by, you might not have hope.
Sahil Bloom recently had a Twitter post (see below) that spoke volumes to me...it was about things he wished he knew about sooner concerning work. Each of those 9 points were brilliant, but I want to focus on #6...cause that was literally my motto. I always said, I don't sell anything, I figure shit out.  I didn't try to convince anyone they needed my service, instead I found prospects who were already in the market and showed them why I was the best option...even more so than the company I worked for...by figuring shit out.  That's what a lot of sales is about, especially Enterprise sales.
There's this guy I know, Todd Brison who is Tim Denning's partner. Todd writes a lot about writing. Yeah that sounds redundant but Todd is great at writing about writing. I've bought several of his courses. Todd recently wrote about guru's and failure and had a great point. Everyone wants to teach you all the tricks to success so you won't fail...but that's just not realistic. Here's Todd's take...
Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky said, "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." The implication is clear...if you do not try...you will not succeed This is true in sales where if you don't ask for the sale you can't get the sale. It's also true in everyday life.There have been instances in my life where I wanted to meet someone but it seemed far-fetched that they would would make time for someone they didn't know. So I asked.
William Shakespeare said, “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” I have often said if I had a time machine, I would go back in time to the late 1500s to early 1600s and throat-punch Shakespeare for talking so weirdly. I went to too many school plays where I didn’t know what the hell they were saying…but I digress. The dude’s point is spot on; no one should not blame God or some other uncontrollable force for how their life turns out. You have a certain amount of power to make your life better. There are ways to work for a better future. And while it may be hard and sometimes feel impossible, if you want a perfect job for yourself, why not try to create it?
am not normally prone to BS headlines like I used for this post, but I wear my emotions on my sleeve and speak pretty plainly. One of the things I knew I would focus on when I retired was to evangelize about sales careers. The difference is that I was always going to focus on WHY someone should become a salesperson. I wasn’t going to focus on the HOW to sell.
Country singer Toby Keith recently passed away. I remember watching the biography of country singer Toby Keith recently and was intrigued by the controversy of his song, "How Do You Like Me Now?" It's about a guy who couldn't get the attention of his dream girl in high school. The guy ultimately becomes rich and famous and the song is basically a declaration of "in your face girls!" There are all kinds of motivation...positive and negative.
Many of you know about my homeless initiative...if not you can learn about it over at ConnectTheDots.cc. I've been working on my manifesto for over a year in a Google doc. The other day I was searching for that doc and typed "my manifesto" into what I thought was the Google Docs search bar. Turns out the search was in Google itself and I saw a bunch of items for writing your own manifesto. That got me thinking, if you are selling anything, a solution to the homeless problem a technology solution, or any product or service, it would be a great idea to develop a manifesto to guide you and explain to people what drives you.
Tim Denning recently wrote an article titled, "If You Fit In, You Are Replaceable." It wasn't geared towards salespeople but it absolutely applies. Take my career for example. I started out selling radio advertising. I had spent the few years selling radio ads to traditional customers like car dealers and furniture stores. I wanted to separate myself from all the other radio salespeople, including the ones at my own station. So I figured out what kinds of businesses weren’t being targeted. I also wanted to do “direct response” advertising.