For 16 years I was in the financial services
field. I loved working with people and
finding ways to free up money to save.
I loved watching their retirement savings grow.
I did not love convincing people that they should
want to work with me over some other
financial person or their own indifference.
So, I went to many sales training schools.
I learned that art of carefully crafted words.
It became a part of my regular speech ...
to the point that I wouldn't even know I was
using a learned skill until Warren would
say that it wasn't going to work on him.
Then we would have a good laugh.
It made me wary when
we were shopping for something and
I heard those words coming my way.
My radar went off and
my resistance grew.
Part of the sales training was to never
admit if you were feeling vulnerable.
Perhaps you were having a down day and
could use a bit of encouragement.
Well, this was highly frowned upon.
Your answer on these days if someone asked
how you were would be
You had it covered either way.
But not exactly conducive
to being genuine.....
That being said,
I understand the reasoning behind it.
Not long ago I visited a local shop.
The owner of the shop was in a real doldrum
and told me all about it.
She definitely needed to vent and I was there.
I didn't mind...for that day but I had only just
met her and was concerned that I might get
that sob story every time I visited and so
I have been hesitant to go back.
So...there are reasons as to why we
are to keep things in a more positive light.
I think I just took it a bit too far.
It became hard for me to admit to anyone
when I was scared about something
in my business.
I carried the worry and the stresses
You really can teach an old dog
if she wants to learn.
I am getting better about sharing the
good and the bad
when there is good reason.
Perhaps it will help another to avoid a
mistake I have already "tested" out.
Sometimes it is as simple as
dropping a Facebook message to
another business owner and letting
them know that you need a kick in the pants.
In my case I get that and probably prayer.
Since I hang out with some
Whatever the case,
I am unlearning some
of my sales
I am learning to lean....
just a bit.
Not too much.
But no one has happy,
self confident, successful days
Sometimes you feel like the
biggest failure on the planet
and you just have to
That happened to me
I appreciate those who listen
and then spur me on .
I truly love them.
FYI...I allowed my financial licenses
expire as of the first of this year.
That is a bit scary in itself....
but due to the many changes in the world
of finance and the expense
of carrying the licenses
I felt it
was the best thing to do.
I learned so much over those
It was a very good thing.
But, for now, I am not interested in
working in finance.
Something else that was not easy
But there....it is out.