Something I find so fascinating is how sales exist in so many forms than just someone’s occupation. We must all be master salesmen in life, or else you may not get what you desire out of it. We sell our stories to people on why we are right and the other person in the story is wrong. Teens sell the ideas of why their parents should let them spend spring break in Mexico (common). Politicians sell their ideas to the public on why they are better than their competitors. Kids sell the ideas of why they don’t want to eat their broccoli (I still had to eat mine).
We should all recognize this and use it to our advantage. The ability to sell yourself is way more powerful than a lot of people think. The idea that our credentials speak for themselves can be true, but only if you can back it up. One of the best examples I’ve seen of this was back in New York City where I lived for two years. I met some of the world’s best musicians, and the saddest part about it was that they weren’t going to “make it” in the music business, even though they were BETTER than some of the people who were making it. Why? Because they weren’t able to sell themselves to the people who mattered. They also referred to this as “selling out” and that it was blasphemy to put yourself out there to make something happen. As if chance was their determining factor.
Let’s put our egos aside and create the opportunities for ourselves.