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It’s Pretty Much the Same Here

Adapted from an old fable.

A new salesperson beginning his first day of work turns and asks an old, veteran salesperson about his new job. He says, “What’s it really like here?” The veteran salesperson says, “What was it like where you sold before?” The new salesperson says, “It was awful. My sales manager was terrible. Our product had problems. Our target clients only cared about price. And our competitors beat us on price over and over again.” The veteran salesperson replied, “It’s pretty much the same here.”

A few days later another new salesperson joined the company. As she is setting up her desk, she asks the veteran salesperson, “What’s it like here?” The veteran salesperson says, “What was it like where you sold before?” She says, “It was wonderful. My sales manager was a great leader and coach. We had a great product. We did great for clients that appreciated us. And we punched way above our weight class, beating our competitors for our dream clients.” The veteran salesperson replied, “It’s pretty much the same here.”

It is what ever you believe it is. And what you put out is always what you get back.


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Comments

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  • http://www.CommissionOnlySalesJobs.co.uk/ Ryan Mattock

    Fantastic and so true!

    • http://www.thesalesblog.com S. Anthony Iannarino

      Thanks, Ryan!

  • http://www.trustedadvisor.com/trustmatters Charles H. Green

    Love it.

    You empower what you fear.

    What goes around comes around.

    Whatever you think of people, that’s what you’ll get.

    The love you take is equal to the love you make.

    All variations on the same theme; though I never heard this one,I like it a lot!

    • http://www.thesalesblog.com S. Anthony Iannarino

      Any comment that includes McCartney is a comment with which I agree!

  • Jarrett

    I’ve had experiences interviewing with companies where it’s very hard to tell what the actual work environment is like and whether I will like the position should they offer and I accept. This is a great reminder that I’m in control of my actions and attitude, and it’s up to me to make the most out of any opportunity given to me. Thanks Anthony!

    • http://www.thesalesblog.com S. Anthony Iannarino

      It’s a serious game-changer.

      • Jarrett

        Used this story in an interview the other day and it killed; thanks!

  • marc zazeela

    Anthony,

    All too often, perception becomes our reality. How we see things is how they are. The choice is all ours. We can see the black clouds or the silver linings within them.

    Cheers,
    Marc



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