When I was in grade school, we had fundraisers which required each kid to sell a minimum allotment of stuff in order to fund field trips, school programs, and clubs.
Usually we had to sell candy bars.
I was terrible at this. I’d trudge from house-to-house after school, knocking on doors and asking people to buy.
- A lot of people weren’t home
- Many said they had no cash
- Most didn’t want what I was selling
At the end of 2 -3 hours, I was exhausted. I was lucky if I had sold more candy bars than I’d eaten. I’d return home and beg my mom to buy everything I had left.
In high school, fundraising was optional. I could sell candy to pay for a trip, pay cash, or not go. Since I was poor, I missed a lot of field trips but at least I never had to sell candy again. Continue reading
Surprisingly, I was never offered a job because of my stunning good looks.
I know how to get hired in Sales.
I’ve been hired as a rep for 8 times (& a manager 5 times). I’ve received at least twice that many offers that I’ve turned down.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, only once did I have an inside “connection” who helped me get an interview.
I never brought a “rolodex of C-level contacts”. Sometimes, I was even entering an entirely new industry, region, or market selling something I had never sold before. Usually I did not meet all of the job prerequisites.
Today I am going to tell you how I did it, and more importantly, how you can too.
(Hint…it wasn’t my stunning good looks.) Continue reading
Me about 30 lbs and 30 years ago ~1986 (with Mom and Aunt Essie)
Over the last few years, I’ve put on a few extra pounds that I’d like to lose. Despite my best efforts at exercising like a lunatic, I’ve learned that I cannot “outrun a Twinkie”.
So I spent the last several months reading about different diet & exercise plans. I’ve read about Paleo, Primal, Keto and Vegan. I’ve wasted far too much time reading blogs about diet and exercise.
About 3 weeks ago, I finally did what needed to be done – I stopped snacking on half a jar of peanut butter and chocolate several times a week.
It probably surprises nobody that I started losing weight.
City Little League Champs – 1992. Coached by a former left fielder.
A long time ago in a land far away, I was suckered into being the Little League Coach for my son’s team. Although I was new to coaching and was an awful baseball player myself, I did one thing right – I assigned our best players to the best positions.
Last week my son Zack’s car broke down on the way to work.
This was the first of a small avalanche of problems:
- He rescheduled all of his shoots for the next day and dropped his car off at the mechanic.
- He drove 30 miles to my house to borrow my car.
- The next morning, he woke up to my car having a flat tire. Continue reading