It’s been a while since I posted on an “off” day (an “off” day, in case you haven’t noticed is any day that’s not labeled Tuesday or Friday).
I just got to Seth Godin’s Wednesday blog post on Girl Scout cookies. I wanted to weigh-in because what he wrote was that important and resonated with me.
The lesson of his blog post was universal (don’t ask “no” questions, especially in sales), but he picked something that most everyone was familiar with—selling Girl Scout cookies. Good God! Who doesn’t like Girl Scout cookies?
Here’s my message to you over in the corner with your hand up—“loser!!”
Btw, I am also aware of the dust-up about the parent organization, The Girl Scouts of America and the politicization of a box of freakin’ cookies. Enough already, all right!!
Maybe it’s my own experiences delivering newspapers and being pushed by my mother to get outside of my comfort zone and shyness at the time and try to win a subscription contest for the old Lewiston Evening Journal that makes Godin’s post on selling so appealing. Rather than regale you with the details, let me quickly get to my point.
Whether you believe the world is ending next week; next month; or next year—or if you believe that technology and the 21st century has us marching towards bigger and better things—teaching our kids some transferable skills that allow them to make it in whatever world they inherit is one of the most important tasks of being a parent.
Sales and being able to look a stranger in the eye, introduce yourself, shake their hand, and then, get to the point of your interaction is something I’ve used so many times in my life I’ve lost count. That skill has kept me going, gotten me to reinvention, and then allowed me to walk the talk for more than a decade.
It all came from having a mother who pushed me out the nest and said, “Jimmy, you need to sign up some new customers.”
I didn’t want to and she knew it. Instead of going out and doing it for me, or making calls to her friends (actually parents back in the day didn’t do those kinds of things—this is a new, Boomer parenting construct), she did something that I’m sure was tough on her, too; she pushed me, knowing my own level of discomfort.
Thanks mom for knowing that sales and the skills that come with it, matter.