Persistence is what you need to succeed.
And you need to know that you can succeed. You can do it.
Several years ago, I was in need of a job. And not just any job. I needed one that paid well, but had flexibility. I was working also as an Actor and doing Commercials both Radio and TV as well as training tapes. Something I still do, but which has slowed down quite a bit in last years. But I needed to be able to not work on short notice to be able to go to auditions and studios.
Anyway, I need a special kind of job. And what I found and what I succeed in will surprise you.
I did Door-to-Door Sales.
Before I started this, I would have been last person who would have thought I had what it took to go Door to Door and sell things. But not only did I do it, I made Money at it, and believe it or not... I had Fun doing it. I was 5th in whole company for sales one year.
We sold a card, a piece of heavy paper which gave barer discounts on Oil Changes, Service Work, Tires and like. Or discounts on Pizza. I loved selling Pizza cards. Talking about something good to eat and saving people money was really fun.
The people I met were great. You never really know how many wonderful people there are in world until you talk with them. Of course some were not so nice, but 99% of them were great and good people.
But when I started this, I needed something. I needed to be persistent. I didn't start out as a top salesman. As with anything, I needed to learn how to do job. I was fortunate in that I had great teachers, and we offered real savings to people.
I was motivated, I needed to make money and I needed to do it fast and every week. So I listened and learned from those who were doing it week after week. And I started to make money. Many weeks I made over $1,000. That felt real good.
But not every week started out great. Sometimes we had a bad contract, or a neighborhood that wasn't working out. But I kept at it, I kept walking up to those doors, knocking and telling people about what I offered. Every week, I made money, some weeks were, $600 weeks, some were $1,200 weeks. But as long as I was knocking on doors and talking to people, I knew I was going to make sales. And I did.