Watching the Sochi Olympics 2014 was amazing! One couldn't help but be inspired by watching so many amazing triumphs. The winners won because of:
For example, those figure skaters, judging controversies aside, spent hours and hours both on and off the ice training. They don't just lace on the skates and go out and give it a whirl and hope for the best to happen. If you have ever tried ice skating, you can't. It takes practice, skill, dedication, discipline and often sacrifice to even make it to competition level, never mind the Olympics.
The same should be said for your career and sales. Yet how many people figuratively just hop on the ice expecting to do flips and spins right away? Many, lots, tons. Never mind that in sales, you are not paying for ice time, coaches etc. Your company is - and they're trusting you to be the best.
What about the Oscars? I can't imagine Mathew McConaughey, Mr. RomCom, winning the Oscar without all of those attributes, can you? (Note the stark transformation physically. How's that for dedication and sacrifice?)
You too can transform yourself from being an empty suit into a star. Don't step outside the door without doing some self examination: is it a career that suits you? Can you devote the time to reading, learning, training to be the best? Of course you can. It is at your fingertips. What nobody can hand you, is the Gold Medal, Gold Statue without some work on your part.
Be thankful and feel blessed if you work for a company who sponsors, pays, provides additional training, mentoring to help you. That's all fine and dandy. If you don't embrace and absorb it with the dedication to be the best, you don't deserve it.
What about their paycheques being incentive enough? What career possibly has no ceiling on your earning potential than sales? If you put in the hours, take the time to learn, practice continuously, be disciplined, you too can earn a Gold Medal or Statue - it's called respect and admiration for your skills.
What are you going to do today to start being the best of the best?
"The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary."