Grinding in Sales is Absolutely Exhausting, Is It Worth It?
I love what I do. Anyone who knows me, or follows me online knows that I am extremely passionate and excited to continue building a legacy by helping as many people as I possibly can.
Let’s keep it real, though. That doesn’t mean that every day is easy, or that I am always coasting on an unshakable high. Work and life are no picnics for any of us.
The profession of selling is draining; physically, emotionally, and mentally, even for the most successful sales people. It’s hard to wake up early, work late, always have a smile on your face, and friendliness in your voice; every day of your life, while juggling customers, prospects, growth, paperwork, a family, and starting a second company, all at the same time.
Today is one of those days where the challenges and problems came by the truckload.
From the moment I started working this morning to right now, today has been a long series of headaches. From items being delayed and not shipping when they were scheduled, multiple customers being drastically late on invoices, and several partners dropping the ball, sometimes it feels like the world is doing everything in its power to stand in your way.
So why is it worth it?
Because I do not have a choice.
It’s that simple.
Why do I choose to do what I do, even on days when it seems easier just to go lay down or relax? I could drop out of sales, and work some 9–5 job that is less stressful, and have plenty of money to get by, plus more time for other things.
I have already climbed up from below the poverty line, to the top 1% of earners, so why not take the easy road and stop trying to grow and just coast on the momentum I have spent a decade plus building.
Those all sound like viable options I could choose to take.
Except I can’t.
I will always remember the trailer park in the picture because that is where I lived in my early 20’s when I was poor, unguided, and wandering through my early adult life with no plan or deliberate action.
I never went to college; I had no professional connections or goals, and I was barely living paycheck to paycheck.
Then the profession of sales came along, reached out its hand, and offered me the same opportunity it has given countless people. The opportunity to escape my relatively pointless existence, help thousands of people and make the world a better place, by doing what I was born to do.
Yes, I had an exhausting day, week, month, and year. Yes, I work 16 hours a day, with half of my time being spent on tedious paperwork, but It’s days like these that we need to keep our challenges in perspective and remember why we are here.
Selling, mentoring, and supporting is what I was born to do, and I choose to give up my right to choose to do anything else.
Tough days can be tough. Sometimes you might ask yourself, why does it have to be so hard? All I am trying to do is build a life and support my family. I do not cheat anyone, and I help anyone I possibly can with everything I possibly can.
But sometimes, life doesn’t’ care, and will smack you in the face regardless.
We all know that we only live once, and life sure seems to go by in a hurry. Some days are easy, and some days are hard, but every day is a gift, and it is up to us to make that gift count.
The troubles and losses of life will wear you down if you let them. Sometimes it seems easy to lose sight of our bigger vision and the long term goals and dreams we all have at some point in our lives.
So even after a long exhausting day, where everything seemed to go wrong, I remind myself to be thankful for the opportunity to deal with these challenges because that same opportunity forces me to challenge myself and to live my life with no regrets.
- By not embracing the challenges and hard days as part of our journey, we lose the ability to remember and focus on why we chose to do what we do.
- If we allow ourselves to lose focus or are simply too afraid to do what we were born to do, then we cannot chase our dreams.
- If we cannot chase our dreams, then we give up our opportunity for fulfillment
- If we give up on fulfillment than we cannot be happy
- If we cannot be happy, then it is impossible to make the world a better place
- If it becomes impossible for us to make the world a better place than what is our destiny?
- IF we do not know our destiny, then what can we expect to know, except regret?
- And if all we could know is regret, then what is there left to be afraid of?
Be thankful for your challenges my friends.
About the author:
Jon Manley is the visionary, CEO, and Co-Founder behind Salesnado, the world’s first virtual sales training platform of it’s kind. With almost 50,000 hours in the trenches of the sales industry, Jon joined his current organization, a $150 million dollar VAR, as a Regional Sales Manager, before quickly working his way up through the ranks to his present position of Executive Vice President.
With no college education, and having been a telemarketer only 10+ years ago, Jon understands building success and momentum from the ground up, and teaches the steps necessary to maximize your individual talents, and ultimately stand out as a top performer within the highly competitive sales and technology industries.